After a fitful few hours of sleep, I awoke on the morning of Oct. 5, 1997 to find myself one big ache. My neck, back and one hip I broke in April all hurt. I looked around. Light from around the door revealed a filthy carpet with discarded office furniture along one cement block wall. It all stunk. In the dim light five other bodies lay on canvas camp cots like the one I was on. Two were strange men. Where was I? This was my first tour. My first trip to Branson, too.
Jan. 15 • A driver who had parked his car in the Wadena Liquor Store parking lot was cited for driving after revocation. The man walked away from a patrolman when he saw the officer waiting for him. The officer honked his horn to catch the man's attention but he kept walking. A copy of the citation was left on his windshield. The man later admitted his actions to another officer. • A caller alleged that an older man tied up a black lab near a propane tank and beat the dog, The dog had a gaping, bloody wound on the shoulder.
Blue Line Bids slated for Jan. 31 The Wadena Hockey Association will hold its 16th annual Blue Line bids fundraising event on Saturday at the Wadena Elks Club beginning at 6 p.m. There will be a social hour with pizza and a taco bar and a cash bar. Several raffles will be held throughout the evening including the popular meat raffle and the booze wagon. A live and silent auction will begin at 7 p.m. Concluding the night will be a dance with a DJ. The annual auction is held to raise money for Wadena's youth and high school hockey programs.
Community Conversations on Mental Health set for Feb. 5 NAMI Minnesota will host a Community Conversations on Mental Health in Staples on Feb. 5, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Staples Alliance Church, 1512 8th St. NE. No registration required. Community Conversations on Mental Health encourage people to talk about mental health and mental illnesses; challenge myths and misinformation; increase community knowledge and support; make communities inclusive and free from discrimination; promote prevention and early intervention; and agree to steps that communities can take.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.