The Wadena VFW Post 3922 and its Auxiliary are again sponsoring the annual Patriot's Pen and Voice of Democracy essay/scholarship contests for students in Bertha-Hewitt, Sebeka, Staples-Motley, Verndale and Wadena-Deer Creek Schools; home-school students are also invited to enter their age-appropriate contest. Entries must be submitted to school contact persons by Tuesday, Oct. 25.
Placement of campaign and other advertising signage on any highway rights of way is not allowed under state law, reminds the Minnesota Department of Transportation. All state, county, city and township roads and highways fall under the same state law. Highway rights of way include driving lanes, inside and outside shoulders, ditches and sight corners at intersections. Also, landowner consent is needed before signs are placed on private property outside of the right of way.
A crash in Perham Monday morning, Aug. 22., sent a driver to the hospital after the vehicle ended up in a pond. According to a Minnesota State Patrol report: The crash happened just after 9:30 a.m. when the driver, Donald Loh, 85, of Regent, N.D., was eastbound on Highway 10 and attempted to take the Perham exit. Loh lost control and entered the north ditch before driving into a nearby pond. It is believed Loh, who wasn't injured but was transported to a Perham hospital to be examined, suffered a medical issue before the crash, according to the State Patrol.
Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning (HCLL) programs will begin Sept. 6. This fall's programs will again be located at Armory Square in Park Rapids, where renovations now include restrooms on the auditorium level. Programs are on Tuesdays from 1-2:30 p.m. during September and October. All programs are open to the public, are free of charge and are handicap accessible. Refreshments are provided.
U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, along with Representative Collin Peterson, announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Wadena Municipal Airport a grant of $565,906 for safety improvements. "As our airports continue to serve our communities, it's critical we make investments so they can provide the services Minnesotans rely on," Klobuchar said. "Today's investment will help to do that while also supporting local jobs in Wadena."
The Wadena County Sheriff's Office and Staples Police Department located a missing Staples man after asking for the public's assistance in locating him. Richard Boatman, 50, of Staples, was reported missing Saturday after last being seen sometime in the evening on Thursday, Aug.18. Law enforcement was looking to check his welfare. Also assisting in the search efforts were the Cass County Sheriff's Office and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Broderick to speak at An Open Book Sept. 3 Richard Broderick, author of "Jesus of Walmart," is coming to An Open Book in Wadena on Saturday, Sept. 3 for a reading and signing. The event is scheduled to go from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Suicide has immensely affected rural communities and has left an enormous impact on many families. The Never.Give.Up. Suicide Awareness and Prevention non-profit has a mission to raise money for suicide prevention and awareness education; to support those who suffer so they will Never.Give.Up. The group was started after the suicide of Peggy Havnes' 16-year-old son Kyle Kenyon in 2012. In hindsight, the family recognized a need for education about preventing suicide.
Speeding Michael James Aho, 29, Rindge, N.H., 40/30, fees $130. Marci Ann Burkel, 51, Menahga, 65/55, fees $130. Stetson Michael Burkman, 21, Farmington, 73/55, fees $150. Thomas Cevelius Bylander, 35, Hugo, 75/65, fees $130. Jason Michael Dickman, 43, Little Falls, 41/30, fees $140. Paul Harold Dickman, 36, Maple Grove, 74/65, fees $130. Chad Christian Erickson, 36, Park Rapids, 65/55, fees $130. Linnea Hensley Hercke, 50, Highland Ranch, Colo., 75/65, fees $130.
The Minnesota Summit for Greater Learning and Leading Summit brought 23 school districts and over 250 educators from across Minnesota for this first time, two-day educational conference. The event featured nine national speakers who painted a picture of a compelling vision for the future of schools. The theme of the summit focused on standards-based instruction and grading. According to one educator, the summit included "A lot of great ideas presented in ways that made sense. Realistic, bite-sized steps were presented so it didn't seem as overwhelming as it could have been."