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Dec. 16

• Police interviewed a man whose family member had allegedly taken blank checks from him, filled them out and cashed them, and pocketed the money.

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Dec. 19

• No injuries were reported in an accident at First Street Southeast and Colfax Avenue Southeast. One of the drivers failed to see the other at the four-way stop and the vehicles collided.

• A man reported the theft of a 2000 Dodge pickup's tailgate from his residence.

Dec. 20

• A man showed up at the lobby of the sheriff's department to make a complaint. The man said he had been treated rudely at the bar he was just drinking at. He admitted he was drunk. The dispatcher asked the man if he was a member of the club, and he said he was not, but he was upset that he was asked to leave. A police officer asked the man why he felt he was being discriminated against and the man pointed to his white hair and said it was because he was an albino. The man was asked what was said, and he told the officer to write down that because he was so intoxicated, he couldn't "quote what he wants to stay." The officer told him he needed to sober up and gave him a ride to his residence.

• A man reported he sent his son to the bank with a $500 check to deposit, but he only deposited $300 of the money and pocketed the rest.

Dec. 21

• A couple returned home to find someone had entered their apartment in an apparent burglary. The two said they know someone was there because the presents under the Christmas tree had been moved around, and there was the scent of a man's cologne which was not what the resident wore.

• A man reported a hit-and-run property damage accident to his vehicle. There was white paint transfer from the other vehicle.

• A grass fire got out of control at a residence on U.S. Highway 71. The owner said he was unsure what might have started it.

• The sheriff's office conducted tobacco sale compliance checks around the county. Two clerks failed to check IDs.

Dec. 22

• Acting on a tip, police officers located a vehicle that had been entered as stolen. Two men were inside, and they were both taken into custody and transported to the jail. One of the men was subsequently released.

• A man who had been arrested for disorderly conduct 12 days earlier had shown up at a residence, drunk and disruptive. Police were able to remove him, and he tested at 0.241 blood alcohol level, and the officer noted he was slurring, staggering and had soiled clothing. He was cited again for disorderly conduct.

• An officer reported that a man told her during a conversation that a family member had threatened to shoot him. The comment was put on file in case anything happened.

• A grass fire was reported near the intersection of Wadena County Road 7 and 230th Street.

• A caller reported what sounded like five shots from a high-powered rifle. Authorities could not find the source of the sound.

Dec. 23

• The Wadena County Sheriff's Office assisted with a burglary at Thumper Pond in Ottertail.

Dec. 24

• Authorities responded to what appeared to be an attempted breaking and entering on Wadena County Road 23. The owner said she thought someone tried to kick the door in.

Dec. 27

• The Menahga Fire Department extinguished a grass fire near the intersection of Wadena County Roads 31 and 23.

• A woman reported her 1994 Pontiac Grand Prix stolen.

These reports were derived from Wadena Police Department incident reports and Wadena County Sheriff's Department call logs.

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