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The 91st annual Empty Stocking Fund Talent Telethon was held Wednesday evening at the Wadena-Deer Creek Middle/High School Commons. General Chairman Kelly Wong was thrilled with the $13,996 in donations and pledges collected and the contributions of more than 30 singing and musical acts. "We were very happy," Wong said. "With the weather so nice we had a good turnout." The telethon was carried on KWAD Radio. Diane Peters served as the Empty Stocking Fund Talent Chairman. Mike Ortmann served as the WDC Music Teacher and Talent Assistant.
The Wadena County Sheriff’s Office received a theft complaint Nov. 23 from Todd Line Road, south of Wadena. A 2015 Haulmark 16-foot enclosed work trailer was stolen from a residence and inside were construction tools. Evidence was collected for processing. Anyone with any information regarding this case is asked to call the Wadena County Sheriff’s Office at 218-631-7600 or submit a tip to Minnesota Crime Stoppers at http://crimestoppersmn.org.
The Wadena community treated Christmas lovers to an early taste of the holidays Saturday at Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary and the Memorial Auditorium. Eighty-four booths festooned the Elementary gymnasium, while another 19 filled the Memorial Auditorium as the Wadena Christmas Festival took center stage for the 42nd straight year. In addition to having Christmas gifts piled high to attract shoppers of all ages, the seven-hour event offered entertainment and food.
The City Council of Wadena approved a purchase agreement with Freshwater Education Tuesday for a 7.39 acres of property south of the Wadena Industrial Park along U.S. Highway 71.
When Jake Huebsch lacked wheels but needed a way to return to his home in Mankato earlier this year, he turned to his phone. The Friendly Rider Transit Director had taken a load of family belongings on a one-way trip to Fargo. By making connections with his smartphone, he bought tickets from three different transportation services (Amtrak, Light Rail, Bus) running between Fargo and Mankato. His $62.50 trip was set up with a gadget he could slip into his pocket. Huebsch believes it will not be long before the average rider has the same transportation acumen.
Mary Schmit "I was in the eighth grade at St. Ann's School in Wadena. I remember it was a math class. It was just as if time stopped, everything stopped. Our pastor came in and told us, and it was just quiet. We all said a prayer." Verne Bowman "I don't really remember where I was at the moment. We didn't hear about it at the moment. We heard it later on. I had many thoughts afterward. You didn't expect it that something like that could possibly happen." Sharon Boline
An ongoing investigation into the cause of an accidental shooting Sunday morning in Deer Creek has revealed the .22 caliber rifle used had been hidden from view. At 7:34 a.m. the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s office received a report that a five-year-old boy had accidentally shot his three-year-old sister in the stomach. The girl was transported to Tri-County Health Care in Wadena and then airlifted to the Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis.
The trial of Antonio St. Marie is scheduled for Jan. 8-19 in Wadena County. Benton County Judge Robert Raupp heard motions by Defense Attorney Malcolm Whynott and Assistant Attorney General David Miller Monday at the Wadena County Courthouse. In closing the hearing, Raupp said he would rule on Monday's motions and objections in the next two weeks. Members of the respective families attended, while Raupp heard motions concerning evidence by both attorneys.
DEER CREEK — A 3-year-old in Deer Creek was apparently shot by a 5-year-old Sunday morning, Nov. 19, the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office said. The victim is in stable condition at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis, the office said without releasing any names.
Does gun violence spark gun sales? According to a pair of area gun dealers, the answer is "no", at least not here in rural Minnesota right now. Devin Kelley took 26 lives in a Texas church and wounded 20 more people Nov. 5 before his murder spree ended, making it the deadliest mass shooting in state history. From a Las Vegas hotel room Oct. 1 Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and left more than 500 wounded before he took his own life.