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Resurfacing of Highway 10 Between Wadena and Staples Expected to Cause Delays

A major road project will cause delays for travelers in the Wadena and Staples area beginning Wednesday, June 29. That’s when resurfacing of Highway 10 between Wadena County Road 108 near Wadena and 12th Street NW in Staples begins. Work will continue Monday through Friday on good weather days until late July.
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Leonard “Lenny” McNab – Battle Lake, MN

Leonard “Lenny” McNab, 84, of Battle Lake, MN, died on Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at PioneerCare in Fergus Falls. Leonard (Lenny) Joseph McNab was born May 3, 1938 at his parent’s farm home near Brewster, Minnesota. He was baptized at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Brewster and attended Brewster Public School through ninth grade. He then transferred to St. John’s Prep School in Collegeville, Minnesota. After graduation, he attended St. Mary’s College in Winona, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in 1960. He then returned to Collegeville and entered St. John’s Seminary. After completing his theological studies, he was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Winona May 25, 1964. As a priest, he served as a full- time teacher of religion classes in Catholic High Schools and assisted with parish duties in Winona and Rochester, Minnesota in 1974. In 1976, he petitioned the Vatican in Rome for laicization. His petition was granted by Pope Paul VI and February 26, 1977 he and Eileen Mary Hoffmann were married at St. Mary’s Church in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. Len-ny then returned to school, earned his R.N. degree and worked as a nurse on a psychiatric unit in St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota until he and Eileen retired and moved to their lake home on Silver Lake near Battle Lake, Minnesota. Because Lenny grew up on a farm, it is not surprising that he enjoyed outdoor activities throughout his life. These included hunting and fishing, camping and gardening. He also enjoyed volunteering which led him to be very active with the Battle Lake Food Shelf and the Battle Lake Lions Club. He along with Eileen have also been very active in their local parish, Our Lady of the Lake Church in Battle Lake. Lenny was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Alice McNab; by an older brother and two younger sisters. He is survived by his wife, Eileen McNab of Battle Lake; a brother and many beloved nieces and nephews. Rosary: Men of Mary will be 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of The Lake Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Thursday, July 21, 2022 at Our Lady of The Lake Catholic Church in Battle Lake with Fr. LeRoy Schik officiating. A visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Our Lady of The Lake Catholic Cemetery in Battle Lake, MN. Glende-Nilson Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Battle Lake was in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be made online at www.GlendeNils
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Orrin Christianson – Clitherall, MN

Orrin Christianson, 91, of rural Clitherall, died Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at his residence under the care of his family and hospice. He was born to Malfred and Emma (Sandahl) Christianson December 14, 1930 at home in Vining. He moved to Clitherall and milked cows with his dad. In 1954, he enlisted with the U.S. Army and was stationed in Whiticore, AK until 1956 when he was Honorably Discharged. He married Betty Biederman August 27, 1956 in Breckenridge, MN. He and Betty purchased a farm in rural Clitherall and farmed until 1993 when they moved to Belmont Lake. They had seven children: Joel, Carrie, Kalvin, Lance, Rodney, Col-leen and Christine. They also raised their nephew, Tim. They were foster parents to many children. Orrin was active in Farmers Union and Nidaros Church serving on the board. He loved to bowl, hunt, fish, play Bingo, ride motorcycle, travel and play cards with friends. He also enjoyed family events and holidays. He loved to eat lefse, lutefisk and enjoyed eating at church banquets with Scandinavian food. Orrin was preceded in death by his son, Joel Lynn; his parents, Malfred and Emma; and his siblings, Marie, Carl, Elsie, Ruby, Orvie, Deloris and Sharon. He is survived by his wife, Betty; his children, Carrie (Steve), Kalvin, Lance, Rodney, Colleen (Kerry), Christine (Matthew) and Tim; his grandchildren, Tara, Tessa (Jared), Mitchell, Zoe, Austin (Kathy), CaSarah, Justin, Cortney, Cameron, Nathan, Nicole and Luke; and by his great-grandchildren, Tehya, Charlie, Kayden, Kinsley and Thayer. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorial Service was Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at 11 a.m. at Nidaros Lutheran Church in rural Clitherall. Burial was in Nidaros Lutheran Cemetery. Glende-Nilson Funeral Home of Battle Lake was in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be made at

Two injured in a crash between a motorcycle and a car on Saturday

(Hewitt, MN)--Authorities say that two people were injured in a crash between a Ford Focus and a Harley Davidson motorcycle on Saturday. According to the report, the crash took place on Highway 210 at County Road 68 near Hewitt in Todd County. Officials say a Ford Focus, driven by Cody...

Grace Gallant names Miss Wadena 2022

WADENA (KDLM) – Grace Gallant has been named Miss Wadena 2022. The Miss Wadena Scholarship Pageant was held Sunday with six contestants vying for the title. Gallant received a $1,000 scholarship as well as $150 scholarship for winning the evening gown portion of the pageant and a $600 scholarship for her essay on ‘My Service and Leadership for Wadena’.

EF-2 tornado tears 30-mile path from Cotton-Pickerel lakes to Menahga

DETROIT LAKES — Cleanup and power restoration continues after an EF-2 tornado tore a path from the Cotton-Pickerel lake area all the way to Menahga on Friday evening. “This tornado path is nearly 31 miles long!” the National Weather Service in Grand Forks said on its Facebook page.

Two motorcyclists injured in crash near Parkers Prairie

(Otter Tail County, MN)--Two motorcyclists were reportedly injured in a crash on Highway 29 near Parkers Prairie over the weekend. According to the report, the crash took place in Parker Prairie Township in Otter Tail County. Authorities say the two Harley Davidsons motorcycles were southbound on Hwy 29. The '93 Harley Davidson slowed to make a right turn onto 118th Street. The '96 Harley Davidson was unable to avoid and rear ended the '93 Harley Davidson.

Motorcycle rear-ends another in Ottertail County

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. (KFGO) – Around 6 pm yesterday, Parkers Prairie Police responded to a crash where one motorcycle rear-ended another. Both motorcycles were traveling southbound on Hwy 29 in Ottertail County. The first, driven by Sherri Rupert, 58, of Parkers Prairie, MN, slowed to make a right turn onto 118th St.

Highway 10 Open Again Near Little Falls

(KNSI) – As flood waters pull back in Morrison County, one of the area’s most important roads is open without any restrictions. The Minnesota Department of Transportation has traffic flowing in both directions again on Highway 10 between Motley and Little Falls. It was closed after heavy rains hit late Thursday night and into Friday morning, dropping as much as 12 inches in places.

Gary Mertens

Gary (Gab) William Mertens, 75, of Staples, passed away June 17, 2022, surrounded by his loved ones in the comfort of his home, after a short battle of emphysema that flared up after a bout of pneumonia. Funeral services were held June 27, at the Motley Free Methodist Church. Interment...

Rollance Gode, Jr.

Rollance (Rollie) Gode, Jr., 95, of Staples, passed away June 13, 2022, at the Lakewood Health Care Center in Staples. Mass of Christian Burial was held June 24 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Staples. Interment was at Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Staples. Rollie was born March 8, 1927 to...

Clifford Carrol Christensen – Ottertail, MN

Clifford Carrol Christensen was born July 15, 1949 to parents Alta (Jacobs) and Herbert Christensen Sr. in Perham, MN. He attended and graduated from Battle Lake High School before moving to Eleroy, Illinois to work for Dildine Lumber. It was while he was working there that he met the love of his life Maureen (Parker). They were united in marriage at first Lutheran Church in Lena, Illinois August 22, 1970. To this union three children were born and they made their home in rural Ottertail, MN. In 1972, Cliff opened “Cliff’s Repair” where he worked as a self-employed mechanic/welder. He also was a road construction worker at that time. In the early 1970’s he took a job in Alaska as a mechanic for the oil exploration. He returned home to Ottertail to continue his work in the shop in 1978. Cliff also was an independent hauler for R. D. Offutt potatoes for 15 plus years and a volunteer firefighter for over20 years at the Ottertail Fire Department. After he retired from the shop, he drove truck for Ottertail Aggregate until 2018. Cliff was a member of United Methodist Church in Richville, the Ottertail Business Association and a volunteer for the Special Olympics. Cliff enjoyed helping others and was always there to lend a hand. He loved to put meat on the grill for the enjoyment of others and was an avid card and Cribbage player. He enjoyed tractor pulls, he was one of the founders of NTPA in Ottertail and organized many pulls so others could enjoy them as well. Most importantly, Cliff loved spending time with his grandkids and going to their activities. Clifford Christensen (72) of Ottertail, MN passed away Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at his home surrounded by family. He is preceded in death by his parents, Herb Sr. and Alta Christensen; four brothers, Chub, Bill, Jack and Bob; niece, Samantha Parker; and an infant grandchild, Taylor. He is survived by his wife, Maureen Christensen; three children, Troy (Jill) Christensen, Jamey (Mike) Petersen and Melissa Deakins; grandkids, Haley (Cody Salo), Nathan (Carlie), Ryan, Mc-Kenzie, Melava and Hazlynn; siblings, Ann Luhning, Rose Ketchum, Hap Christensen and Herb Christensen Jr.; mother-in-law, Marian Parker; brother-in-law, Mark (Sue) Parker; and many, many, nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life will be Saturday, September 10, 2022 from 2-5 p.m. at the Ottertail Community Center. Glende-Nilson Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Battle Lake was in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be made online at www.GlendeNils