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The Mass of Christian Burial for Doris Heltemes will be celebrated 11 a.m. Friday at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Wadena, with Father Donald Wagner as celebrant. Friends may call Thursday at Johnson-Schuller Chapel in Wadena from 4-7 p.m., with a rosary group meeting at 5 p.m. and parish prayers at 6 p.m. A gathering of family and friends will be held at the church Friday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. Doris Heltemes, 92, of Wadena passed away Feb.
This photo, submitted by storm chaser Matthew Koscielski of Wadena, was taken around 2 p.m. Feb. 10 during the blizzard that moved through the area.
HAWLEY, Minn. - Firefighters dealt with frigid temperatures as they battled a barn fire that killed 12 cows this morning in rural Hawley. The Hawley, Hitterdal and Ulen volunteer fire departments responded to the blaze, which was reported about 3:30 a.m. at 11149 210th St. N. Crews had the fire under control by 5:45 a.m., WDAY-TV reported. The barn was destroyed. Six cows and six calves died in the fire. A state fire marshal is expected to arrive today to investigate the cause of the fire.
Twenty-cent weekly jumps at the gas pumps, fluctuating corn prices, skepticism about electric cars and insecurities about the fuel of the future caused some people to look elsewhere for an alternative energy source. Lee Ostendorf, owner/manager of TireMaxx in Alexandria, looked across the pond. "In Europe the pumps have compressed natural gas and propane," Ostendorf said. "It's getting a slow start here." Propane is cleaner burning than gasoline, emits fewer pollutants, can cost less, and propane powered engines run more efficiently in cold weather than gas engines.
ST. PAUL -- Another 35,000 poor Minnesotans will get health care under a bill Gov. Mark Dayton signed Tuesday. The bill expands Medical Assistance, the state's Medicaid program. The federally funded expansion would save $129 million in the next two-year budget, supporters say. Opponents worry that the state could be left paying a big bill if the federal government does not come through with promised money. "This bill is another example of Gov. Dayton's reckless government spending and is a gimmick," Senate Minority Leader David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, said.
A 43-year-old Duluth man is being held in the St. Louis County Jail accused of stabbing another man with a sword. Police were called to the Duluth Detoxification Center, 1402 E. Superior St., when the victim walked in with a stab wound to his chest. He was transported to St. Luke's hospital for treatment of a serious injury, police said. Officers found a blood trail in drifting snow that led them to a residence in the 1000 block of East Third Street.
ST. PAUL -- Adding money to early childhood education and all-day kindergarten programs, as Gov. Mark Dayton suggests, is important to Minnesota's future, the state House education finance leader says. "Those two programs really pay dividends into the future," Rep. Paul Marquart, DFL-Dilworth, said Tuesday before he presented the Dayton budget proposal to his committee. Dayton's $15.5 billion two-year education budget proposal would be about $1 billion more than for two years ending June 30.
FARGO - A Monday gathering to celebrate the life of a late artist became the unexpected scene of more tragic news. Wayne Gudmundson, a friend of Moorhead artist Timothy Ray who passed away Feb. 10 after a battle with cancer, said family members were worried when Sean Ray didn't arrived at his father's memorial service and couldn't be reached by phone. The service went on as planned at Fargo's Peace Lutheran Church.
Boys' Hockey Section 6A Playoffs St. Cloud Apollo 10, Wadena-Deer Creek 0 Saves Wesley Janson 24 Girls' Basketball Verndale 72, New York Mills 49 Verndale Teresa Moenkedick 28 points Elyssa Kern 11 points Jordyn Glenz 10 points NYM Lydia Rutten 13 points Emaleigh Roberts 10 points Wadena-Deer Creek 65, Bertha-Hewitt 39 WDC Hope Theisen 17 points Emily Miron 10 points B-H Arei Stokes 20 points Boys' Basketball Verndale 71, Sebeka 50 Verndale Dallas Ehrmantraut 26 points Marcos Gomez 12 points Josh Gilb 11 points Sebeka Derek Lillquist 12 points
GLYNDON, Minn. - The driver of an SUV escaped injury after he lost control of the vehicle on Highway 10 west of Glyndon and it rolled. Minnesota State Patrol Sgt. Jesse Grabow said the man was wearing his seat belt and was not hurt. Grabow said the man was driving too fast for conditions and had been drinking alcohol but was not legally intoxicated. The driver was cited for failure to use due care, Grabow said. Blowing snow was causing drifts to form on the highway at the time, and the road was icy in spots.