In a field of 12 chili contenders, The Meadows of Wadena came out as top chili during the annual Chili Cook-Off Thursday in Wadena. The white chicken chili beat out a variety of red chilis that were shared with all those coming out to enjoy a sampling. In all, the Wadena Chamber of Commerce collected 183 votes by those looking to pick their favorite variety. Coming in second was the Wadena VFW and KWAD cooked up a third place finish. Some businesses offered up water along with chili to help cool down the hundreds of chili tasters along the route.
Otter Tail County issued an emergency alert at 4:11 p.m. today that the 911 service was down. Callers are asked to call 218-998-8555 as an alternate way to reach emergency services.
A driver was injured after attempting to make a turn and being struck by another vehicle at about 10 a.m. Monday near the intersection of Hwys 10 and 71 in Wadena.
June 22 Harry John Taves (72) of Wadena, was issued a citation for disorderly conduct. June 25 Leeann Marie Huebsch (41) of Perham was arrested for second degree DWI. Huebsch was transported to the Wadena County Jail. June 26 Natasha Stephony-Mae Pepper (21) of Wadena, was issued a citation for theft-shoplifting. June 27 Paul Adam Schultz (53) of Audubon was arrested for possession of fifth degree controlled substance. June 28
June 28 • Female issued citation for driving after license revoked. Report given to probation. • Dog bite reported near Nimrod. • Assisted Todd County with intoxicated female. June 29 • Assist Otter Tail County with unruly male at the Fire House. Male would not tell Otter Tail County deputy his name or walk to patrol vehicle. • Male party stated he wanted the neighbor to call for him to get some help at 317 Second St. NE. • Responded to a child welfare report.
Prairie Fire Children's Theatre is bringing "A Midsummer Night's Dream" to the W-DC Middle/High School Gym Friday and Saturday, July 13 and 14. This summer's week-long theater camp for children 7-18 years old, started on Monday with auditions and ends with two shows at 7 pm. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday. Contact Kent Schmidt for more information 631-3019.
Motorists who travel Hwy 71 through Wadena will encounter delays and a detour as the road is closed between Hwy 10 and Colfax Avenue beginning Monday, July 9. All lanes of Hwy 71 in Wadena will open by 8 p.m. Friday, July 13, according to a MnDOT news release. The closure is needed while railroad crews remove and repair several of the Burlington Northern Sante Fe railroad crossings located just south of Highway 10 in Wadena. Motorists should follow the signed detour along Hwy 29 and 2nd ST SW, or seek their own alternate routes.