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Friendly Rider buses serve the cities of Wadena and Staples in addition to locations throughout Wadena County and Northern Todd County. Anyone in our service area may schedule a pick-up time by contacting our office. Hours of operation vary by location. Please refer to our service routes for the complete schedule. 

Service Map for Friendly Rider



We serve the city of Staples and its surrounding areas each day Monday through Saturday. 

  • Monday - Friday: 6am - 6pm
  • Saturday: 10am - 2pm

Service from Staples to Brainerd is available Monday through Friday. 


We serve Wadena city and its surrounding areas, including Verndale, daily. 

  • Monday-Wednesday: 6am - 6pm
  • Thursday - Friday: 6am - 10pm
  • Saturday: 9am - 3pm
  • Sunday: 7:30am - 12:30pm

Service from Wadena to Brainerd is available Monday through Friday. 

Sebeka and Menahga

Thursdays: 6am - 6pm.

Hewitt, Bertha, Eagle Bend, Clarissa, and Browerville

Monday - Friday: 6am - 6pm 

Henning and Ottertail City

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 6am - 6pm

Deer Creek and Bluffton

Monday - Friday: 6am - 6pm

New York Mills

Tuesday, Thursday: 6am - 6pm

Brainerd Route

Do you need to get to Brainerd? We can help you! We travel from Wadena and Staples to Brainerd's CLC campus daily with stops in Motley, Pillager, and Baxter.

Pick up times start as early as 6:15am and service runs through 6pm. Riders are able to access various locations along our route within a short radius of HWY 210. For example, common destinations include Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center, Brainerd VA Clinic, Costco, and Mills Fleet Farm.  

Please contact us to find out more. We can help you map out a departure schedule depending on your activities and needs. 

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