May 11 • A man came to the lobby of the Wadena Police Department and said he had a verbal fight with his girlfriend. He said he wanted to tell his side of the story. The girlfriend said the man had punched his own hand in front of her face. • A caller reported seeing an individual going through the neighbor's garage after 11 p.m. A police officer responded to the call but did not see anyone in the area. The officer made contact with the resident who did not notice anything missing from the garage. May 12
The winners of the Wadena City Library's 2nd grade bookmark contest were recently announced. The contest ran from May 1-6 during National Children's Book Week. Second grade students participated by submitting a bookmark design and visited the library for a special story-time. Each class voted, along with patrons and staff, for their favorites in different categories. The winners received an award certificate, their bookmark printed on cardstock and an author-signed book courtesy of An Open Book Wadena.
Senior health clinics set in June, July 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 Wed July 19 from 8:30-11:30 am at Menahga Senior Center and June 21 Sebeka Senior Center. Clinics at Wadena County Public Health will be held the second Wednesday monthly from 8:30-11:30 am starting June 14.
Central Minnesota Friends of the NRA celebrated 25 years of success at Thumper Pond in Ottertail on Thursday, April 20. A crowd came to promote and support programs that enable shooting sports-related programs to develop, expand, and enhance their educational curricula to deliver valuable services to millions of Americans. Grants from The NRA Foundation benefit programs such as youth education, law enforcement training, hunter education and safety, conservation, marksmanship training and much more.
The mysterious Little Red Schoolhouse has left a lot of people wondering who owns it and who's responsible for repairs. The Wadena County Fair Board previously told county commissioners that it had no interest in paying for repairs, so the county will be covering the cost. After commissioners toured the building on May 2, it took a few meetings for them to decide on a plan for the building's future.
The April 21, 2017 Pioneer Press article, "Minnesota Legislature's plans would underfund state military, officials say," covers some of the issues related to the proposed budget shortfalls in the state Department of Military Affairs (DMA) budget. The National Guard Association of Minnesota and the Minnesota National Guard Enlisted Association represent the interests of the officers and enlisted members of the Minnesota National Guard respectively, and as such, we feel it is critical to make sure their voices are heard on the impact of the this issue.
Chase Hall Chase Owen Hall, boy, was born on May 8 to Jessica and Justin Hall. He weighed 8 lbs., 5 oz. and was 21 inches long. He was delivered by Dr. Shaneen Schmidt at Tri-County Health Care in Wadena. Older sisters Ava and Aubrey welcome him home. Tristan Wike
Erica Huhta, Wadena, was among the nearly 1000 graduates honored at Michigan Technological University's spring commencement held on the Houghton, Michigan campus on April 29. Huhta graduated with a Bachelor of Science In Mechanical Engineering. She is the daughter of Rebecca Huhta.
As a result of three employee fundraising events at Tri-County Health Care, which raised a total of $1,216 for the American Diabetes Association, President/CEO Joel Beiswenger will rappel from the rooftop of the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis in September.
May 4 • A man was observed on the road one mile south of Oylen moving very slowly. He refused help. He was later seen walking toward Oylen. May 6 • Suspicions were aroused when the sheriff's office received the report of a white Ford truck, pulling a trailer, stopped at a residence and the occupants said they were looking for their cousin who was cutting up trees. When asked for their cousin's last name they were not able to give it.