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March 20

• A woman reported her ex-boyfriend stole rings from her and pawned them, caused damage to her pickup's engine, sold that pickup without her permission, stole child support from her debit card, stole cash from a wallet, took the computer chip from her car so she couldn't drive it, put a dent in her car and ripped the grill off her car. She said he also violated a restraining order. She said she hadn't called police because he just does what he wants anyway.

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March 21

• A caller reported finding a boy lying on the ground and groaning in a laundry room of an apartment complex. The boy said he had been partying the night before, and was still intoxicated. He blew a .099 blood alcohol content on a breath test.

March 23

• A caller reported someone had entered his vehicle and rifled through his glove compartment. He said his insurance card and vehicle registration card were missing. Other items in the car were also out of place.

• The sheriff's department received a report of a seasonal property on County Road 26 that was broken into.

• A sheriff's deputy investigated a possible lightning strike. Callers reported a dead horse in the barn, no phone service, an odd smell in the house, and it sounded like "someone dropped a bomb."

March 24

• An officer was called to the home of a woman who had recently been charged with an assault on her boyfriend. She said she had questions about the case. As the officer interviewed her and others, he became aware that she and the boyfriend had been together and were drinking. The officer also learned that the man had a warrant. The officer discovered the two together and both had been drinking. The man was taken into custody on his warrant, and the woman was arrested for a probation violation, namely breaking the condition of her release that she abstain from alcohol.

• A sheriff's deputy checked on a stalled vehicle on the road. No one was around, but the deputy noted there was a box of rifle shells on the front passenger seat and a case of MGD beer in the back seat.

March 25

• A man called Wadena police to report a green Makita jigsaw stolen. The jigsaw, valued at $190, had been taken from his garage.

• Wadena police stopped a man for driving 60 mph in a 60 mph zone, which can be illegal if road conditions don't warrant driving that fast. Police noted "very poor" road conditions at the time. The man also had expired plates and no proof of insurance.

• A caller reported she had been receiving text messages that contained obscene language, calling her various names. She provided a land-line telephone number to Wadena police. The number was traced to a local pastor. The woman agreed the harassing text messages didn't likely come from the reverend, especially from a land line and not a cell phone. The woman said she would re-check the phone number.

March 26

• A caller reported seeing flames along U.S. Highway 71 near Wadena. Wadena Fire Department was sent to extinguish the flames. Some men at the scene were burning a scrap pile, but no burning permit had been issued. The owner of the business there was contacted and told someone would be talking to him about burning on the property.

• The Wadena Police Department began to prepare theft by swindle charges against nine people who had checked out items from the Wadena Public Library and had not returned them, and had not responded to correspondence aimed at either getting the items returned or the penalties paid.

• The Wadena County Sheriff's Office assisted the Verndale Fire Department on the scene of a fire in a shed, which was fully engulfed in flames. The owner said there was a heat lamp in the building along with some baby calves, which were less than a week old. They tried to chase the calves out but it is believed eight perished in the fire.

March 27

• A deputy checked on the welfare of a woman whose home had been completely flooded in. The woman said she had everything she needed to survive and did not want to leave. Her house wasn't threatened by water, but all roads in and out were impassible.

The Wadena Police Department also dealt with nine different cases of issue worthless check, written on either closed accounts or those with insufficient cash to cover the checks. The checks ranged from $4 to $105.

Reports are derived from call logs and files of the Wadena Police Department and Wadena County Sheriff's Department.

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