VERNDALE—The Public Facilities Authority (PFA) announced Feb. 14 that they approved a grant and loan totaling nearly $3.7 million for the construction of a new drinking water treatment plant and other improvements to the drinking water system in Verndale. "I am grateful for the PFA's willingness to provide these funds so that these vitally important water quality projects can move forward," said Rep. John Poston (R-Lake Shore). "I was proud to support additional funding at the PFA last year which helped to make these grants and loans to cities around Minnesota possible."
A payroll error, which overpaid County Coordinator Ryan Odden about $18,000 in 2018, won't cost Wadena County as much as originally expected thanks to a local investigation.
With concern that the terms were not completely in the city's favor, Wadena city council members approved a cooperative construction agreement with MnDOT, moving the Hwy 10 reconstruction a step closer to reality.
Wadena City Electric and Water Supt. Dave Evans put a call out for residents to remove snow from around their hydrants and to be careful about covering electrical boxes with snow. Evans said that while piling snow on top of these utilities does not necessarily damage the them, once they are under snow, it's difficult for those moving snow to know where the boxes are, leading to the likelihood of them being damaged. Evans said that electrical boxes would be flagged, making them visible will help in this process. Hot picks from the Feb. 12 Wadena City Council meeting:
The benefits of owning a dog or cat appear to be positive from a scientific look at the lifestyle. From a non-scientific aspect, which is where I come in, the benefits are immeasurable.
Wadena County Commissioners agreed on a resolution to use what's left of state bonding dollars awarded to the City of Wadena, to try to fix drainage problems at the Wadena County Fairgrounds. The resolution approved spending $1.9 million on a lift station at the fairgrounds, hopefully ridding the area of problematic sitting water. That expenditure is only possible if those funds are available in the course of replacing utilities along with reconstructing Hwy 10 later this year.
The Black Hole Ice Shack doubles as a utility trailer VERNDALE—A new outdoors manufacturer has taken root in Verndale, which is changing the way many ice anglers enjoy the sport. Jason Geis, of Bertha, started looking into the popularity of pop-up shelters and the larger ice shacks built more like mobile homes. He realized that a hybrid model might just be the ticket for those looking to do serious fishing from a mobile platform.
Studies show that pet owners, particularly dog owners, live a more active, healthier life. Most households in the United States have at least one pet and the interactions with that pet typically lead to a higher level of physical activity, lower stress and happiness according to the Centers for Disease Control. That health comes through many channels. The actions of walking a dog, petting a cat or riding a horse have all shown to deliver different health benefits.
Area dancers showed off their moves Monday night during the 25th annual Rhythmettes Review at the Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary School. The night was a chance to show off the hard work of the dancers, instructors and even parents, who took their turn on the dance floor. WDC dance coach Beth Motschenbacher organized the program with WDC choir director Mike Ortman serving as emcee.
Jodana Albers is a blur as she pours powders and liquids together before blending, icing and sealing a remarkably healthy fast food before your eyes. Albers was familiar with the health benefits of nutritious drinks back in her days as a Wadena-Deer Creek high schooler and is doing her best these days to let people know that healthy food doesn't have to be slow or burdensome. And it can be found right here in Wadena.