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Mike Olson of Olson's Lawn Service & Snow Removal clears snow from a sidewalk Monday in downtown Wadena. A winter storm warning from the National Weather Service is in effect for Wadena and will remain so until 6 a.m. Tuesday, according to AccuWeather. Photo by Dain Sullivan, Pioneer Journal
Three people were arrested last week for possession of methamphetamine with an intent to distribute in the area, according to a press release from the Wadena County Sheriff's Office. Agents of the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force made the Feb. 27 arrests, the release said, adding that one arrest was tied to Wadena County and the other two were with Morrison County.
It was reported this week that two partners visited the Ottertail City Council on Feb. 21 with the idea to bring a concert series to the town this summer. Some of the names they would like to get? From the sound of it, REO Speedwagon, Stevie Nicks, Steely Dan, Kansas, Moody Blues, Fleetwood Mac and ZZ Top were on the list of bands Brad Morgan and Marv Anderson would like to bring to Ottertail. I think this is a fantastic idea for a few reasons. First off, I confess I am a huge 70's and 80's rock fan.
UPS driver Michael Mast of Bluffton prepares for his next stop Friday in southwest Wadena. Photo by Dain Sullivan, Pioneer Journal
As I was working at my desk Wednesday afternoon, my phone started making a noise it had never made before, and I heard at least one other phone in the office go off at the same time as mine. Within seconds we discovered that what we were experiencing was an "AMBER Alert" in regards to a young boy who had been abducted in Minneapolis. Many people are no strangers to this sort of system. When I attended college at North Dakota State University, the school would send test alerts to our cell phones to prepare us for possible emergency situations.
Local authorities arrested three men Thursday after the suspects tried to get away with more than $19,000 worth of wiring and tools from a local business. At around 1:24 a.m., the Wadena Police Department responded to a report of unknown individuals in the Minnesota Valley Irrigation equipment yard off Highway 10 East in Wadena, according to a WPD press release. The release stated officers who responded to the scene saw two men and an older model pickup located in the equipment area on the west side of the business.
It was reported this week that a Farmington, Minn., goalie intentionally scored a point against his own team, raised his middle finger toward his coaches and left the ice with a final salute. Poor sportsmanship at its finest. As I read about the event, which was caught on video that was shared by The Forum on its website Wednesday, I couldn't help but shake my head.
In a number of the columns I've written for the Wadena Pioneer Journal, I feel as though I've mentioned my appreciation for a good story - especially one involving how two people met. Call me an old romantic, but hey, the stories usually make me chuckle or crack a smile. Some of my favorite stories originated with family members. Every once in a while, my grandma and grandpa Thompson like to talk about how my grandpa visited a fortune teller who predicted my grandma's name before the two even met.
Jacob Lien, 22, formerly of Blackduck, Minn., walks to his car Monday after attending class at M State in Wadena. Lien is in the school's network technology program. Photo by Dain Sullivan, Pioneer Journal
Our town's ability to overcome disaster was recognized during the Minnesota Newspaper Association's (MNA) annual convention in Bloomington last week. The Wadena Pioneer Journal was among the newspapers present at the two-day event, and we walked home with an overwhelming sense of pride.