The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Transportation remind motorists to be careful of turtles crossing roads over the next several weeks as they move to familiar nesting locations. Allowing turtles to cross the roads is vital to preserving regional populations. "Many turtles and other species are killed on Minnesota roads each year, especially during the nesting season," said Carol Hall, DNR herpetologist, "In fact, roadway mortality is believed to be a major factor in turtle population declines throughout the United States."
There's been some headway, but more needs to be done to convince people to buckle up. Maybe some statistics will help: Lack of seat belt use is a contributing factor in about 40 percent of all Minnesota traffic deaths. In the last five years (2011-2015), 527 unbelted motorists lost their lives and 1,035 people suffered life-changing injuries in Minnesota. Of the 1,379 motorists who lost their lives in the last five years (2011-2015), only 51 percent of them were known to be belted.
The son of a Fergus Falls man has been charged with killing his father. Dustin Defiel, 28, is charged with second-degree murder of his father, Ricardo Defiel. The Fergus Falls Police Department reports they were dispatched to the home at the 1900 block of Main Street for a shooting after Dustin Defiel's mother, Tamara, called authorities. Officers arrived and used a SWAT peacekeeper vehicle as they approached the home. Dustin Defiel had left the scene by then.
Red, White and Blue Mass to be held June 23 In light of the recent violence seen in public service, health care and legal professional field, St. Ann's Catholic Church invites all communities to come together to show support. A Red, White and Blue Mass will be held at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Wadena on Thursday, June 23 at 6 p.m. to celebrate these important public service members. Everyone is welcome to attend regardless of denomination.
Erica Huhta, Wadena, made the dean's list at Michigan Technological University for the 2016 spring semester. To be included, students must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.
Where's Waldo? In Wadena of course! The famous children's book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting 25 local businesses throughout Wadena this July. Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses and the shop local movement in the community. Previous year's participants have included 1776: A Clothing Revolution, Weber's Hardware, Hometown Crafts, Gracie's Closet, Rex McDonald, Boondocks and many more.
May 31 • Olivia Sharon Mann, 26, of St. Louis Park was stopped and issued a citation for speeding 40/30 mph zone. June 1 • Harry Edward Tichy, 65, of Wadena, was issued a citation for violating the dog at large ordinance. • Joshua Steven Samler, 35, of Randall, was stopped and issued a citation for driving after revocation. • James Michael Wintermeyer, 30, of Wadena, was stopped and issued a citation for driving after revocation. June 2
Speeding Tanner Michael Anderson, 28, Cushing, 74/55, fees $150. Rick Allen Cline, 49, Sauk Centre, 80/55, fees $230. Jade William Frank, 20, St. Cloud, 41/30, fees $140. Robert Charles Hilden, 69, Osage, 65/55, fees $130. Tanner Scott Horn, 18, Wadena, 72/55, fees $150. Cinda Lee Huff, 31, Sebeka, 68/55, fees $140. Corry Alan Lund, 41, Brainerd, 70/55, fees $150. Robert Mikel Smith, 25, Perham, 55/45, fees $130. Traffic Court Jessica Breann Beier, 24, Staples, seat belt, fees $115.
The 2016 Miss Wadena Scholarship Pageant will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 18 at at the Memorial Auditorium in Wadena. This year's theme is "Follow the Yellow Brick Road." For the pageant, contestants are judged on talent, evening gown, casual wear and on an interview with the judges before the event which takes place on stage before an audience. This year's contestants are Taylor Dirks, Sydney Emerson, Angela Grecco, Nicole Iken, Jessica Langer, Maizie Miller, Athea Perez, Kloe Pettit-Sperling, Gabi Ross and Hannah Vorderbruggen. The 2015 Miss Wadena is Autumn Jahnke.
The Wadena County Sheriff's Department and the Wadena Police Department are announcing a community notification for a Level Three sex offender moving within the community. Christopher Austin Sharp, 26, has a history of sexual contact with female victims ages 15-adult. Contact included penetration. He was known to his victims. Sharp is moving to the 200 block of First Street Southwest in Wadena June 13.