Wadena County Commissioners tabled a decision to slice the final tax levy Tuesday, Dec. 11 during their regular meeting. Not comfortable with a 4.2 percent increase that was approved as the preliminary levy this fall, the budget committee was able to lower the increase to 2.83 percent as of Tuesday. But before approving that amount, commissioners agreed to table a decision so incoming Auditor/Treasurer Heather Olson, department heads and all commissioners had another week to look over the numbers before the next meeting, Tuesday, Dec. 18.
A gathering Sunday, Dec. 9 at Wadena's Immanuel Lutheran Church brought together people from all walks of life, most suffering from the loss of loved ones. Many people were probably at home wrapping gifts for family and friends, planning the trip to relatives or writing down the grocery list for holiday feasts. But for some attending the church's grief event, the thought of facing a family gathering or even thinking of Christmas was cause for great anxiety and a welling of tears.
Jim Stoneman witnessed the devastation of a fire on his Wadena business this year, a fire that slowed things down, but didn't stop him from doing business and living life. His children recently escaped the flames of the wildfire that left nearly nothing of the town of Paradise, Calif. Some residents were allowed to begin returning to their homes Wednesday, Dec. 5, almost a month after they left in a rush from the burning city.
Starting in January, it will be possible for students to complete four-year bachelor's degrees on the Minnesota State Community and Technical College campuses in Wadena and Fergus Falls. College officials made that announcement at a gathering Monday at the Wadena campus with several students listening in to hear what possibilities may be available for them.
NIMROD—A mountain lion, believed hit by a car near Nimrod, will soon receive a full necropsy to determine more details about the rare animal.
Some organizations in the Wadena community are hoping to lend a hand to retail businesses in their efforts to compete with online shopping. What that may look like can be something as simple as guiding a business owner on using social media to promote their business. It can also be something as advanced as custom analytics of customer shopping trends. Wadena Chamber of Commerce executive director Jed Brazier said social media training was planned as the first part of what he hopes will be quarterly business training for members of the Wadena Chamber of Commerce.
The Christmas in Wadena Light Show has returned with all the gleaming grandeur of years past and even more on display this winter season.
South Country Health Alliance made significant cuts in November in order to stay afloat in the health insurance market, according to a member of the insurers joint powers board.
The aching knees, hips and shoulders in and around our area are closer to relief these days thanks to a full spectrum of orthopedic services now offered at Tri-County Health Care in Wadena. Orthopedic surgery opportunities in central Minnesota has been growing in recent years yet the need remains as the new total joint replacement options at Wadena's hospital are seeing a great deal of attention since announced this fall.
Wadena's historic commercial district is being considered for listing on the National Register of Historic Places thanks to its nearly unchanged buildings in the last century. While the buildings have not changed much, many of the businesses inside them continue to change, meeting the needs of the current consumer. Because, they simply have to be able to adjust to consumer trends.