Two officers with the Wahpeton Police Department took oaths of office Monday, Jan. 7.
Sergeant Craig Cory and Officer Jackson Kriel were sworn in during a Wahpeton City Council meeting. The event included the traditional pinning of badges by the officers’ spouses.
Cory, 41, received his badge from his wife, Allie. Kriel, 32, received his badge from his wife Tricia.
Mayor Steve Dale granted Finance Director’s three requests for referrals. Wahpeton’s finance, personnel and economic development committee will review fiscal year end transfers, 2018 budget amendments and the lease on a copier at City Hall.
Leach Public Library Director Melissa Bakken reminded the council of the success of the 2018 Sock Tree. A total of 556 pairs were collected for the Three Rivers Crisis Center. That’s up from the 312 pairs collected in 2017.
Community Development Director Chris DeVries, meanwhile, reported that he’s in the early stages of developing a tourism campaign for Wahpeton.
“Winter Wonderland, the first of four weekends celebrating Wahpeton’s 150th anniversary, will be celebrated from Thursday, Jan. 31-Saturday, Feb. 2.
The festivities begin at 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31. Tal the orangutan will make his 12th annual prediction of a Super Bowl winner. He’s been doing the honors since 2008.
Following Tal’s pick, the zoo will hold a pre-mixer party. That’s followed by the “Super Bowl Mixer,” to be held from 5-7 p.m. at businesses to be announced.
The next night, the Wahpeton Community Center will hold the “Food, Fun and Facts Pork Feed.” Each meal costs $5 and the event includes trivia and music. The feed lasts from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1.
Following the feed, the Optimist Club will offer free swimming at the North Dakota State College of Science’s pool. Swimming is available from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1.
Saturday, Feb. 2 will include many events:
• 8 a.m.-12 p.m.: The 10th annual Dad’s Waffle Brunch, hosted by the Headwaters Lions at the Wahpeton Community Center
• 9 a.m.-1 p.m.: A “Frozen” party at the Leach Public Library
• 9:30 a.m.: Presentation of the “groundhog” at Chahinkapa Zoo
• 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: The Prairie Rose Carousel is open for passengers or just to take in the beautifully restored ride
• 10 a.m.: Find the groundhog in the snow at Chahinkapa Zoo
• 1 p.m.: A Texas Hold ‘Em tournament at the Wahpeton Community Center; registration begins at 1 p.m. with the tournament beginning at 1:30 p.m.
• 1-8 p.m.: Skating and sledding at Rosemarie Chalet in Chahinkapa Park; the park will also feature snow sculptors, snowshoeing, fire pits and concessions; additionally, the BW Blades are holding a pond hockey tournament and there will be a snowmobile run
• Dusk: Fireworks at John Randall Field
“Winter Wonderland,” in addition to scheduled events, will coincide with a lot of ongoing activity. That weekend is expected to include Wahpeton-centric trivia, a fishing tournament, a special retail promotion and a coloring contest at the Red Door Art Gallery.
Finally, $5 tickets are on sale for the 150th anniversary’s gun raffle.
City Hall and the Leach Public Library will both be closed Monday, Jan. 21 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The next council meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 at City Hall, 1900 Fourth St. N. in Wahpeton.