Trails4Transplants (T4T), a group that takes long-distance trail rides to raise awareness about organ, eye and tissue donation, kicked off its 2018 ride, titled 10,000 Reasons to Donate, at Tri-County Health Care's Garden of Hope in Wadena.
May 11 • A caller who wished to remain anonymous said that people were drag racing with a car and motorcycle. An officer talked with one man who said he was leaving and would let the other residents know that police would be watching for further incidents. • A woman called police to report that a red car had been parked near her residence for a few weeks. She stated that it had been previously towed and had previous complaints against it. The vehicle was towed again.
On May 22, at about 10 p.m., a Volkswagon Passat, driven by Misty Umland, 43, Wadena, was traveling eastbound on Highway 10 when it was slowing down to turn into Fair Oaks Lodge and rear ended by a Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Clayton Rice, 38, Verndale, also traveling eastbound.
On Sunday, May 20, at approximately 5:27 a.m., the Wadena County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a one vehicle rollover in the area of 104th Street and 181st Ave, south of the City of Verndale.
Donations from Wadena area residents May 12 helped send nearly 1 ton of food to those in need in our area during the National Association of Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. According to Wadena Post Master Cindy Havnes, food totals weighed in at 1,985 pounds after letter carriers and volunteers helped pick them up from area mailboxes. Havnes said the work requires extra help and extra space for all the intake, but it's a job they are pleased to do to help fill area food shelves.
A Senior Health Clinic sponsored by Wadena County Public Health will be held the third Wednesday monthly alternating between the Sebeka and Menahga Senior Centers. Clinics will be held Wednesday, July 18, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at Menahga Senior Center and June 20 at the Sebeka Senior Center. Clinics at Wadena County Public Health will be held the second Wednesday monthly from 8:30-11:30 a.m. June 13 and 27.
Motorists can expect lane closures and delays on Highway 29 between Wadena and Highway 210 this week, as crews complete a preventative maintenance sealcoat project that will extend the life of the pavement surface, according to a MnDOT press release. The project will last approximately three days and could start as early as Tuesday, May 22. During this work a pilot car and flaggers will control traffic, and motorists should plan for daily lane closures in the area where crews are working. Drivers are urged to slow down and be alert for loose gravel and oil spraying in these areas.
A committee of 1968 Wadena graduates has been meeting to plan their 50-year reunion to be held Aug. 11. Addresses are needed for the following classmates: • Barbara Arnoldy Kouba • Cathy Barthel • Sheila Besett • Sue Butler Laskey • Steve Dovenmuehle • Nancy Fankhauser • Susan Frankie • Gerald Goeden • Alvin Lakey • Carol Ovrebo Runyon • Paul Peterson • Ron Ristvedt • Pat Thomas Lund • Jennifer Uselman Rolando
"To improve lives by uniting the caring powers in our community" is the mission statement of United Way of Otter Tail and Wadena counties and during the early months of 2018, the caring powers of these communities have been working hard on funding partner programs. United Way received many applications for funding from 501(C)(3) nonprofits whose priority areas focus on health, education and financial stability. Community Investment panels, made up of local volunteers, met in several locations during the first few weeks in March.
May 1 • Katie Ann Roe, 33, of Wadena, was issued a citation for dog at large. May 2 • Levi Edward Savela, 20, of Sebeka, was stopped and issued a citation for loud vehicle exhaust. May 3 • Raquel Jean Elsenpeter, 29, of Wadena, was stopped and issued a citation for loud vehicle exhaust. May 4 • Jolene Beth Peterson, 49, of Wadena, was issued a citation for theft. May 6