Specialist Samantha Holweger, combat medic, graduated from basic training July 22 at Fort Sill, Okla. She was an honor graduate, top 10 percent of her class. She will complete advanced training Nov. 18 at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, before being stationed at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany. Holweger is the daughter of Gary and Carol Holweger and sister of Joseph Holweger. Grandparents are Charles and Gladys Chase and the late Mary Chase.
Brysen Haman Brysen Zachary Haman, boy, was born on Oct. 16 to Alicia and Zachary Haman of Wadena. He weighed 8 lbs., 7 oz. and was 20 inches long. He was delivered by Dr. Shaneen Schmidt at Tri-County Health Care in Wadena. Grandparents are Dale and Ginny Haman and Dean and Shelly Johnson. Older sister Bria welcomes him home.
Raymond Earl Chevalier, 41, Park Rapids, warrant: contempt of court. Layne Christopher Condiff, 21, Park Rapids, warrant: DWI. Jeremy Douglas Schuman, 33, Little Falls, warrant: obstructing legal process. Jordan Ray Tiedeman, 22, West Fargo, N.D., warrant: traffic violation. Stewart Edward Weekley, 51, Staples, warrant: drug possession, probation violation. David Michael Windmeier, 38, Menahga, warrant: theft.
A number of local veterans projects are getting a shot in the arm thanks to innovation funding support from National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA). Veterans service officers and other veterans group members from across the region were on hand this week to accept a check for $50,000 designated for projects in Minnesota Region 5, which includes Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties.
Oct. 6 • Police were called when a man with a brain injury was allegedly yelling at a woman in front of a child. Oct. 7 • A man walked into a woman's home without knocking and started a fight over a missing suitcase. • Officers arrested a man trying to break into a residence in Wadena. It was suspected the man wanted to start fights. • A deputy checked on a vehicle that pulled into the golf course and blacked out its lights. The driver of the vehicle was checking his load.
Oct. 11 • Alysha Rochelle Hayes, 26, of Minneapolis, was stopped and cited for driving after suspension. Oct. 12 • Marcus Robert Rohr, 23, of Wadena, was stopped and cited for no proof of insurance. Oct. 13 • David Jason Clairmont, 34, of Wadena, was arrested on a McLeod County warrant. Clairmont was transported to the Wadena County Jail. Oct. 15
Thumper Pond's new indoor pool area opened to the general public on Wednesday, Oct. 19. The 12,000-square-foot center features two three-story water slides - one tube slide and one body slide. It also still has the much loved zero-entry activity pool with special features designed to keep the youngest members of your family entertained. The pool area features Sammy the Seahorse and Delphine the Dolphin shooting water up into the air, as well as a palm tree and a turtle showering water into the pool.
The gap in providing mental health services to those who need it is growing. Help for one segment of the population — veterans — continues to get delayed and overlooked. Yet so many veterans are struggling with depression and other mental illnesses that it's being called an epidemic by congressional leaders. The statistics are grim: • Veterans account for 18 percent of all deaths from suicide among U.S. adults. Sixty-five percent of all veterans who died from suicide in 2014 were 50 years of age or older.
The Wadena County Sheriff's Office received a report of a vehicle fire at approximately 4:44 p.m. on Oct. 13, in section 31 of Thomastown Township, west of Staples. Local fire departments arrived on scene to find the vehicle fully engulfed, and put out the fire. There was additional damage to trees and grass. An adult male, the owner of the vehicle, was transported to the local hospital for injuries he sustained from the fire. No names are able to be released as the incident is under investigation.
Area residents are invited to check out the career options at Minnesota State Community and Technical College's Wadena campus during a program showcase from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27. Prospective students will have a chance to get hands-on experience and visit with program instructors in these fields: • Health Science Technology: Nursing • Computer Information Systems: Network Administration and Security • Human Services: Cosmetology, Esthetist, Manicurist and Massage Therapy