Mary Ellen Otremba, a popular, soft-spoken state legislator who represented Todd County and the Alexandria area for 13 years, died last Thursday. She was 63. Otremba, A DFLer, was first elected in a November 4, 1997 special election that was held after the death of her husband, Representative Ken Otremba that September. She chaired the House Agriculture, Rural Economies and Veterans Affairs Committee, and was a member of the Ways and Means Committee.
July 11 • A complainant told police someone had been ringing her doorbell for two hours off and on. She asked them to check the neighborhood and around her home. July 12 • A caller informed police he wanted the theft of one hamburger off his grill to be on file. • A deputy observed two men yelling and swinging at each other in Menahga. One of the men was detained as he tried to walk away from the officer and was later arrested for disorderly conduct. • A man asked to speak with a police officer about a feral cat.
ST. PAUL -- The moose population in northern Minnesota's forests is dwindling, but a tax that voters raised in 2008 could help save the giants. "All of us came together on this project, Minnesota Moose Collaborative, to do what we know would work for one element to improve the moose's existence: improving habitat," President Mark Johnson of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association said. The $3 million the organization has received is being used to clear areas of forest of brush, some of which was 20 feet tall, to make way for better grazing areas.
ST. PAUL -- The "legacy amendment" usually is blended with other money to fund nearly 10,000 projects around Minnesota. One of the most complex projects fell on the shoulders of Myron Jesme, Red Lake Watershed District director in northwestern Minnesota, to implement.
The sons of other lands, other climes, with the dirt of foreign soils beneath their fingernails, put their shoulders to the plow along with the ones born here to make Minnesota the great state that it is. They cleared the land, grubbed stumps, and drained the swamps of Minnesota as diligently as did its native sons. According to records, some 58 percent of all the immigrants passing through Ellis Island in 1900 claimed to be heading to Minnesota. My father-in-law, Sigverd (Siggie) Pearson, was one of them. Crossing the North Atlantic in early May was never easy or safe.
Carol Jean Lafriniere, 41, Mahnomen, warrant: giving false name. John Henry Norwood, 26, Wadena, warrant: disorderly conduct. David Lewis Misamore, 38, Nevis, warrant: burglary. David Cruz Velazquez, 41, Fargo, warrant: issuing worthless check.
Speeding Thomas Patrick Abrahamson, 52, Wayzata, 65/55, fees $130. Kelsey Lynn Browne, 21, Wadena, 70/60, fees $130. Randall Stuart Cook, 52, Garland, Texas, 55/45, fees $130. Cassandra Marie Dwyer, 21, Duluth, 50/40, fees $130. April Mullien, 45, Erskine, Minn., 55/45, fees $130. Timothy Riley Schupp, 58, Minneapolis, 65/55, fees $130. Mark John Wettlaufer, 55, Cushing, 41/30, fees $140. Julia Marie Whelan, 18, Maple Grove, 65/55, fees $130. Traffic Court Erin Molly Adams, 29, Crosby, driving after revocation, fees $290. Lyn Barthel, 39, Blufft
Jacob Ludovissie, Wadena, Made the Spring 2014 dean's list at Itasca Community College. He qualified for the list by completing a minimum of 12 credits and attaining a grade point average between 3.5 and 4.0.
Leah Dykhoff of Wadena received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and received Cum Laude honors during spring commencement at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May. Bachelor's degrees were awarded to 702 undergraduates while 95 students received master's degrees.
James Cain James Zackery Cain, boy, was born on July 7 at 7:39 a.m. to Jamie Wehmas and Zack Cain of Wadena. He weighed 7 lbs. 9 oz. and was 21 inches long. He was delivered by Dr. Bobbi Adams at Tri-County Health Care in Wadena. Baby James is welcomed by big brothers Brandon and Conner. Rylan Mindermann Rylan Jonah Mindermann, boy, was born July 8 to Amanda and Tyler Mindermann of Wadena. He weighed 7 lbs., 2 oz. and was 21 inches long. He was delivered by Dr.