The county of 1,048 lakes is hosting the Governor's Fishing Opener (GFO) May 8-10, 2020. Otter Tail County was selected to host the event as a county-wide celebration to showcase Otter Tail County's diverse outdoor recreation opportunities. Otter Tail Lake will be host to Governor Walz and other state leaders fishing on May 9, 2020.
Wadena-Deer Creek FFA members Makaylyn Sibert and Morgan Grangruth attended the 90th Minnesota State FFA Convention recently at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Speakers, awards, competitions, workshops, and sessions were some of the highlights for the 3,696 members from Minnesota attending the convention, celebrating the convention theme, "Aspire To Be: Reach for the Horizon." Sibert and Grangruth served on the Courtesy Corp and acted as chapter delegates during the convention.
Volunteers recently placed rock at a Lower Twin Lake public riparian access to make an improved and safer access point for ice anglers. The rounded entrance/exit on to Lower Twin Lake was formed with larger rocks covered in smaller rocks. This will make it easier to bring various sized fish houses on and off the lake for wintertime enjoyment, according to Cliff Busch, a volunteer on the project.
"What can Family Health do for me?" At Mahube-Otwa Family Health we provide a variety of family planning and reproductive health services for people of all ages, genders, orientations, races, ethnicities, religious backgrounds, and income levels. Patients come to us for a variety of services including but not limited to: physical exams like pap smears; STI testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV; birth control provision for pills, patches, rings, IUDs, and implants; and HPV vaccinations.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month — the perfect time to give blood or platelets to support cancer patients and others. Donors of all blood types are needed to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients this fall, especially after Hurricane Florence and subsequent flooding forced the cancellation of more than 6,000 blood and platelet donations last month. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Wadena-Deer Creek High School's National Honor Society (NHS) held its induction ceremony and reception Monday night with 18 new students welcomed to the chapter. Those new inductees, who are all juniors, included: Paige Barthel, Maggie Carlson, Sean Carlson, Mackenzie Carsten, Kennedy Gravelle, Mari Grendahl, Lucas Hinojos, Laura Krause, Bereket Loer, Zachary Meeks, Cole Pearson, Lleyten Pettit, Lexi Pierce, Michael Schmidt, Kamea Shreves, Courtny Warren, Hailey Wiederich, and Jasmyn Wood.
Twenty years ago, Mike Lein and wife Marci of the Twin Cities western suburbs bought a chunk of lakeshore up here in the Northwoods and proceeded to build a cabin. You know the challenges, the surprises, the trials they would experience. They didn't. Mike recorded it all in a book of cabin stories entitled "Firewood Happens." It won first place in the Midwest Book Awards for humor in 2017. He followed that with a second book of cabin stories "Down at the Dock," which won the same award in 2018.
For the 76th consecutive year, millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni across the country will celebrate National 4-H Week from Oct. 7-13. This year's theme, Inspire Kids to Do, is a campaign that will give kids more opportunities to do, empowering them with the skills they need to succeed in life and career. Throughout National 4-H Week, Wadena 4-H will showcase the many ways 4-H inspires kids to do through hands-on learning experiences as well as highlight the remarkable 4-H youth in our community who work each day to make a positive impact on those around them.
Thirteen members from Wadena-Deer Creek Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America recently attended the MN FCCLA Central West Area Conference held on the University of MN Morris campus.