March 25 • Tyler Ray Simon, 18, of Wadena, was issued a citation for no Minnesota driver's license-misdemeanor. March 26 • Justin Steven Luedke, 20, of Menahga, was issued a citation for driving after revocation-misdemeanor. • Ashley Laverne Fuqua, 27, of Alexandria, was issued a citation for driving after suspension-misdemeanor. • Blaine James Cooper, 18, of Wadena, was issued a citation for no seatbelt-petty misdemeanor. • Julie Ann Tumberg, 56, of New York Mills, was issued a citation for unlawfully passing on the right-petty misdemeanor.
Firefighters spent several hours Friday night battling a fire in Leaf River Township north of Wadena. The Wadena County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call reporting a structure fire shortly before 10:30 p.m. Friday, March 27 in Section 29 of Leaf River Township. Several outbuildings were involved in the fire. Firefighters from Wadena and Verndale worked on the fire for several hours before getting it extinguished. The house on the property sustained minor damage in the fire, while two outbuildings were a complete loss.
Tri-County Health Care's annual "Men's Night Out" program will be held on Monday, April 13 at the Wadena Memorial Auditorium. "Men's Night Out" is a free educational event on health, for men ages 18 and older. A former Indianapolis Colt Super Bowl champion and national spokesperson, advocate and author for brain health, Ben Utecht, is the 2015 Men's Night Out keynote speaker. A presenter and son of a preacher, Utecht is a motivational speaker that has been inspirational across America.
Speeding Ervin Robert Bogatzki, 77, Bertha, 45/30, fees $150. Tyler Lee Hanson, 29, Inver Grove Heights, 58/40, fees $150. Phillip J.
The Wadena City Library and Kitchigami Regional Library System has awarded a $10,000 Art Aware grant to artist Amber Fletschock, Hewitt. The Art Aware program, funded by the Legacy Amendment, was established by KRLS to celebrate the creative relationship between the public library, its community, and the arts through the installation of site specific art at each of its branch libraries. Fletschock's proposal was to create 3 — three dimensional collages for various areas inside the Library.
March 19 • A complaint was made by a female who alleged she had been at a rural residence the night before and her boyfriend had kept waving a knife at her and refusing to let her leave. She said she had since returned to her own home but was frightened because her boyfriend was driving around. A social worker convinced the female to get a harassment restraining order (HRO). • A caller on Highway 10 reported a green car nearly side-swiped his vehicle, was varying speeds and was all over the road.
Grief support group to meet April 7 Tri-County Health Care (TCHC) will host its monthly grief support group on Tuesday, April 7. The meeting will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Wesley Conference Room, located in the lower level of Tri-County Health Care in Wadena. Anyone who has experienced a loss is invited to the support group. The group's purpose is to offer understanding, suggestions for coping, support, friendship and, most of all, hope to bereaved adults.
Tri-County Health Care (TCHC) announced that it's newest family medicine clinic will open on April 6 in Verndale. This is TCHC's sixth primary care clinic in the Tri-County area and will be staffed by physicians and advanced practice providers (nurse practitioners or physician assistants). Lorinda Zigan, PA-C, will be the primary health care provider at the Verndale clinic. She will be joined by Laura DuChene, MD; Ben Hess, MD and Renea Miller, PA-C who will be staffing the Verndale clinic on a rotating basis.
The trap: Thinking that gambling is just harmless fun, that it could never lead to trouble for you. Thinking that you always know when to quit. Thinking that you'll never become one of those hard-core gamblers who risks a rent payment or a paycheck on a chance to get ahead. Once you're in that trap, it can be extremely difficult to get out of without help.
Wadena County has higher rates of adult obesity, physical inactivity and poverty, placing it toward the bottom of a recent report on health rankings. The sixth annual County Health Rankings, released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, shows Wadena ranks 81st among 87 Minnesota counties in health outcomes and 78th in health factors. At least part of the explanation boils down to the old real estate mantra: Location, location, location. "We know that where we live matters to our health," said Stephanie Johnson, an associate resea