Anthony Welch of St. Paul thought he had the Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Fishing Extravaganza grand prize fish in the bag. He literally did have it in a plastic bag within the first five minutes of the contest, which started at noon Saturday on Gull Lake's Hole-in-the-Day Bay. The 3.67 pound walleye he lured in with a minnow head on a buckshot hook stood as the top fish for much of the three hour contest. But Steven Baumgartner of Owatonna had other plans. Not having any luck in his original spot at about 26 feet of water, he told his buddy he was going to move to shallow water.
In Minnesota, the week should not pass without residents taking note of a report on the state's readiness for an oil-train or pipeline accident. Why? Because the public-safety workers themselves call their own readiness "below moderate," and "none of the responders rated their area's preparedness as excellent," the Minnesota Public Safety Department study notes. That's a critical shortfall, and it's one that Minnesotans should work hard to correct in the months ahead. That effort almost surely will pay off.
On Thursday, Jan. 22, at approximately 08:30 a.m., Wadena officers were advised of a driving complaint on Hwy. 71, just south of Wadena. The complainant advised that a passenger car was all over the roadway, crossing both the center and fog lines. An officer located the suspect vehicle, which initially failed to stop for the officer's emergency lights. The suspect vehicle turned into a residence and drove into the back yard. The residence did not belong to the driver.
Waylon James Waylon James, boy, was born on Dec. 20 to Cassie and Brady Wegscheid of Wadena. He weighed 8 lbs., 4 oz. Grandparents are Rick Wegscheid of Wadena, Bonnie Barrows of Parkers Prairie and Larry and Trish Lock of Cable, Wis. Older sister Jovie welcomes him home. Emma Graham Emma Lynn Graham, girl, was born on Jan. 11 to Jennifer Sandberg and Anthony Graham of Sebeka. She weighed 6 lbs., 14 oz. and was 19 inches long. She was delivered by Dr. Bobbi Adams at Tri-County Health Care in Wadena.
Perham's Derek and Kelly Riepe are East Otter Tail County's representatives in the Red River Valley Emerging Leadership Program. Alumni of the program from the county nominated them to take part in the program because of their involvement in their community. Derek works as a full-time diesel mechanic for Perham Truck Service and Kelly is a Registered Nurse at Lakewood Health Systems in Staples. They live on a hobby farm where they raise cattle which then they sell directly to locals as processed beef through their local locker plant.
Alina Perez, a resident of Wadena, was among nearly 1,100 students from Rochester Community and Technical College who made the Dean's List for Fall Semester ending this past December. To qualify for the Dean's List, a student must successfully complete 12 or more letter-graded credits, in the same semester, and achieve a grade point average between 3.0 and 4.0.
Tri-County Health Care has announced a partnership with Seip Drug to open a full-service pharmacy near the main entrance of the Wadena campus. The pharmacy, which is slated to open this spring, will be centrally located off the main lobby and will be open six days a week. Seip Drug will provide patients and visitors to Tri-County Health Care a quick and convenient place to have prescriptions filled or to purchase select over-the-counter medications and Durable Medical Equipment (DME). "We are excited about this opportunity.
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Commissioner Erin Lind today announced Bemidji State volleyball player Rachel Craig has been selected as a recipient of the sixth annual NSIC Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction Award. The award, named in honor of the late NCAA President Dr.
Jan. 9 • A complainant traveling eastbound on Highway 10 alleged another vehicle was riding in his blind spot. The other vehicle would pass the complainant, pull in front of his vehicle and then slow down. A police officer stopped the suspect vehicle. The driver admitted to passing twice and said she slowed down because she was exceeding the speed limit. She was given a warning. Jan. 10 • A trailer house fire on 249th Avenue in Wadena County turned up a female being sought on a Cass County warrant.
Michigan Technological University has released the Dean's List for the 2014 fall semester. To be included, students must achieve grade point averages of 3.5 or higher. Asterisks indicate those earning straight-A averages of 4.0. Among the honorees are the following from the local area: Wadena Erica Huhta, Mechanical Engineering, Sebeka High School