A benefit for Darcy Fink will be held Oct. 21 at the Wadena Elks lodge from 5-8 p.m. Fink is a 37-year-old Wadena resident diagnosed with colon cancer in 2014. She continues to receive chemotherapy and testing at the Mayo Clinic. She lives with her husband and five children.
Richard Baum, Acting Director of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), announced 719 Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grants totaling $89 million. This represents the largest-ever number of DFC grantees in a single year since the program's founding. The grants will provide local community coalitions funding to prevent youth substance use, including prescription drugs, marijuana, tobacco and alcohol.
John Andrew Bothwell, 48, Pine City, warrant: DWI. Adam Michael Feit, 33, Forest Lake, warrant: other liquor violation. Scott Richard Lind, 51, Wadena, warrant: contempt of court. Dustin Allen Olson, 33, Menahga, warrant: contempt of court. Sonny Forrest Stepaniak, 57, Tenstrike, warrant: traffic violation.
Sept. 28 • A low-flying drone over a complainant's home prompted a call to the Wadena County Sheriff's Office. A deputy advised the complainant to capture the drone if possible and turn it over to law enforcement. The complainant said the drone had been appearing in the afternoons 2-3 times a week. They had no clue as to the identity of the owner. • A six-year-old boy who normally rode a school bus home told other kids he was going to walk home. Law enforcement carried out a search and was able to locate the boy. Sept. 29
Someplace Safe hosts chili fundraiser Oct. 13 Someplace Safe will host a chili fundraiser at St. Ann's Catholic Church Friday, Oct. 13 from 5-7 p.m. The dinner will include chili, dinner rolls, desserts and beverages. Freewill donations are accepted and takeout is available. Proceeds will benefit Someplace Safe. For more information call Tnaja at (218) 631-3311 or email email@example.com . Historical Society annual meeting slated for Oct. 19
Oct. 2 • Ryan Paul Petro, 32, of Wadena, was arrested for violating his release conditions. Petro was transported to the Wadena County Jail. • Shane Garold Plautz, 44, of Nevis, was arrested for violating a domestic abuse no contact order. Plautz was later transported to Hubbard County Jail. Oct. 4 • Tanner Kevin Olson, 19, was issued a citation for failure to yield, after he was involved in a motor vehicle accident.
Local writer wins first place in writers contest
Tri-County Health Care's revamped women's event Live Pink drew more than 500 women of all ages from all across the area. The Wadena event was a departure from Tri-County's previous break-out session format. Instead, this set-up included health education, a light meal from Boondocks Cafe, more than $1,000 worth of prizes, a presentation by a breast cancer survivor and musical entertainment.
Book Ends, the monthly meet-the-author event in Wadena, is pleased to host Elisa Korenne as October guest author. Korenne emigrated from New York City to Minnesota via an artist's guest residency at New York Mills Regional Cultural Center. That journey inspired her debut memoir A Million Miles to Nowhere: An Unlikely Love Story. Korenne lives in rural New York Mills with husband Chris, their two young sons and two dogs. When not preparing dinner or tending children, she creates and performs music and sneaks in a few lines on her next writing project, a mystery.
Tri-County Health Care's Verndale Clinic has added two family practice providers to its team, interim physician Tim Schmitt, M.D., and full-time provider Mark Oshinsky, family nurse practitioner. Schmitt spent much of his career at Tri-County, providing family care in the Henning and Ottertail clinics. With a family-oriented mindset, Schmitt strives to make a connection with each patient, from the youngest to the oldest. He attended medical school at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis and is board certified in family practice.