A Trades and Technology Showcase will feature informational sessions about 11 career programs offered on the Wadena campus of Minnesota State Community and Technical College on Tuesday, Feb. 24. The featured programs are: • Cosmetology • Electrical Lineworker Technology • Electrical Technology • Gas Utility Construction and Service • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) • Industrial Maintenance • Massage Therapy • Medical Office Careers • Network Administration and Security • Nursing • Pharmacy Technology The showcase is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Jody Ann Kamann, 30, Perham, warrant: traffic violation. Bradley Miles Livingston, 46, Menahga, warrant: traffic violation. Timothy Randall Hatchard, 26, Ottertail, warrant: disturbing the peace. Juan Gabriel Garcia, 28, Brooklyn Center, warrant: contempt of court. Justin Grant Hinkle, 27, Rothsay, warrant: theft.
Four Wadena-Deer Creek students are taking a small step toward addressing poverty in Haiti by organizing a shoe drive. Kendra Evans, Briana Malone, Kassi Peterson and Hannah Vorderbruggen are National Honor Society (NHS) students who chose the Soles4Souls charity shoe drive as their global NHS project. "Through this global service project, we hope to make a small difference to people in need in Haiti," said Malone, adding that Haitian families have been ravaged by natural disasters in recent years. The NHS students are asking WDC Middle/High School students to look in their closets for shoe
Speeding James Jay Persak, 49, Wadena, 79/65, fees $140. Traffic Court Michael Ray Andreoff, 25, Dilworth, seat belt, fees $115. Ryan David Alsobrook, 31, Miles City, Mont., seat belt, falsified log book, fees $415. Jeffrey Francis Baert, 46, Staples, driving after revocation, fees $290. Kelly Lynn Brown, 37, Verndale, uninsured vehicle, fees $290. Michael James Ingersoll, 22, Wadena, no driver's license, fees $190. Mitchell Dean Kopp, 23, Verndale, window tint, fees $140. Sentenced Robert Paul Berthelot, 56, Sebeka, fleeing a
Reuter Family Dentistry opened its doors to provide free dental care for low-income kids. The Wadena practice was part of a statewide initiative called "Give Kids A Smile" through which children are given free dental care. "Research has shown strong links between people's oral maintenance and their overall health," said Dr. Heidi Reuter, D.D.S. and owner of Reuter Family Dentistry.
Feb. 5 • A complainant reported a stranger banging on his door and hollering. The complainant could not provide a description of the man because he did not feel comfortable enough to look out the window. A patrolman arrested the suspect on a probation violation. • A verbal fight between a man and his female neighbor was reported at 12:54 a.m. The man was holding some money for the woman and she wanted it back. The man alleged the female grabbed his knife and cut herself. • A Wadena resident alleged two disruptive juveniles were breaking items in his home.
Living History Day set for Feb. 21 at WCHS Come play in the past at the Wadena County Historical Society's Living History Day, Saturday, Feb. 21 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. This free event features costumed interpreters and hands-on activities including a chance to play with toys from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Hear about the generations that lived in Wadena County, from fur traders and pioneer farmers to merchants and military personnel with perhaps a surprise or two thrown in for fun. An afternoon of delightful activities for all ages.
Blood drive collects 167 units The Red Cross Bloodmobile was at the Wadena Elks Lodge on Monday, Feb. 9 and Tuesday, Feb. 10. With goal of 90 units on Monday, 108 units were received. Tuesday's goal of 68 produced 59 units. There were three first time givers on Monday.
There's mixed news on a topic that's near and dear to our area: clean lakes. As reported in a front-page Star Tribune story, keeping Minnesota lakes clean is hugely expensive. Over the next 20 years, the state will spend an estimated $2.5 billion from the 2008 Legacy Amendment to protect clean water, the story reported. Right now, 60 percent of lakes and streams are deemed clean enough for fishing and swimming.
Anna Erickson is joining the Wadena Pioneer Journal as editor. She started her journalism career in Wadena as a reporter from 2004-08 and most recently worked as editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise. In Park Rapids, Erickson was active in several organizations and committees. She was an active member of Rotary and volunteered on the Legends and Logging Days committee. She is a graduate of the Blandin Community Leadership program. She and her husband, Curtiss Peterson, were married in 2007.