It appears Wadena-Deer Creek Schools will shift from the billboard marketing of the school to more of a locally grown promotion effort following discussions at the latest board meeting, Monday, April 15.
"I need a mom haircut," Dawn Moenkedick recalled requesting from hair stylist Brittney Ewert years ago. "And she made it look good, so I still come back." Moenkedick was just one of a steady stream of clients who made their way through a speedy makeover at Glamour Full Service Salon on a recent visit in April. Ready to greet them and treat them was owner Ewert. She's been happily doing so for 10 years in her business found at 122 Colfax Ave SW, Ste 3—the upper level of the building also housing Wadena Family Dental.
The spot is bought. The local permitting is approved. The only thing keeping the Hunke Fuel Station from breaking ground off Hwy 71 S in Wadena is approval from MnDOT for some funds. Wadena city council members approved a conditional use permit, allowing Hunke Fuel Station and bulk fuel plant to locate in the Business Park during their regular board meeting Tuesday, April 9.
Winter Storm Wesley was predicted to strike the region early Thursday, April 11, causing many area schools including Wadena-Deer Creek to call school off early. But to the dismay of some, the forecast was a bit off as it was after noon before the snow started to fly around the area. As conditions worsened it became clear that school would be canceled again on Friday, causing Wadena-Deer Creek Schools to miss two days of school. Snowfall reports from Verndale and Deer Creek showed about 7 inches had fallen by Friday morning.
The city of Wadena was appropriated $5 million in state bonding funds last spring to overhaul the utilities right alongside the reconstruction of Hwy 10. Unfortunately, the city can't get access to those funds until the city's portion of the work beings, which is scheduled for 2020. "Once it starts, we can request reimbursement for the work that has been completed," City Administrator Janette Bower said.
Veterans Services Officer David Anderson came before the Wadena County Commissioners Tuesday to share that over 68 percent of veterans in the county are working with him to receive benefits through the VA. He brought up a host of data from the previous year, his 13th year on the job and shortly after, was given a positive performance evaluation by the board. Anderson averages over 25 veterans per week and had over 1,400 veteran visits for 2018 between visits at the courthouse, Menahga and Sebeka. He also took nearly 1,200 phone calls from veterans in 2018.
Brenda Rae Bakken, 56, Wadena, was charged with two felony counts of theft Friday in Wadena County.
Ian Hardy wasn't thinking about what the flames would do to him as he ran into a neighbor's apartment last week in southeast Wadena. Saving other lives and the property was on his mind. The 15-year-old heard a knock on the door around 9 p.m. and found the neighbor shouting at the residents to clear out because of a fire. While everyone else was running away from the fire, Ian ran for a fire extinguisher and ran straight into the neighbor's smoke-filled apartment.
When you spend most of your life on the ground, a view from above gives dramatic perspective to the things you thought you knew. Spring flooding is one of those that many grow used to. Many look forward to its passing in order to move into a drier season. From the ground, it's hard to get a full picture of the reach of water that days ago was snow. Drive by a river and you get a glimpse at the power of water in the spring. But from a bird's-eye-view, the breadth of that water can fill an entire camera lens and then some.
The spring calving season is underway, which is typically a time farmers and ranchers have to watch their backs for cows when checking out the fresh farm additions. But the farming economy has brought many more concerns to the table as farmers in our region plan for another growing season with a low outlook. A recent University of Minnesota report shows that in 2018, Minnesota's farmers saw the lowest income in the last 23 years.