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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.
The Wadena County Sheriff's Office, the Menahga Police Department and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are investigating the gunshot deaths of two men in Menahga Monday morning. A 911 call brought law enforcement to Oak Avenue NE at 12:05 a.m. Monday. Officers found two men dead of apparent gunshot wounds according to a release from the Wadena County Sheriff's Office. The names of the two men have not been released. Law enforcement officials do not believe there is any risk to the public at this time.
Wadena-Deer Creek students in grades K-12 turned out Monday to pay tribute to servicemen and servicewomen in the annual Veterans Day Program. Sergeant First Class Matthew J. Carkhuff delivered the Veterans Day Address. Carkhuff, a graduate of WDC's Class of 2002, joined the Army National Guard in 2003 and served in Iraq in 2005. He entered the Active Guard Reserve Program in 2008. A large crowd filled the Wadena-Deer Creek Junior/Senior High gymnasium for music, essays, poetry and singing.
The Wadena County Board heard all about buckthorn and its noxious qualities Tuesday morning in its first November session. Darren Newville and Anne Oldakowski were on hand to give the board a look at a current East Otter Tail and Wadena Soil and Water Conservation District forestry project. Newville, who is the district manager and Oldakowski, who serves as assistant manager as well as Forestry and Water Resources technician, supplied information regarding the well-established invasive plant to Wadena's commissioners.
Smartphones, cell phones, drones and GPS are mysteries of science. The same people who could never tell you why they work will readily accept they do work. The same kinds of mysteries exist for sportsmen. There is some kind of magic out there. It works for you and against you. Why does a flock of ducks land in your decoys seconds after you have taken your eyes off the set to pour coffee from a thermos or rummage through your game bag for a candy bar? Some would call it coincidence. Yet it has happened time after time after time and most sportsmen I know have been victimized.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines responded from early adversity in defeating the Underwood Rockets to capture the Section 6A Championship in Pelican Rapids on Nov. 4. The Wolverines responded after dropping the first set, winning three straight and clinching their first trip to state since 2011.