Day of Caring students deserve thanks The students and advisors at the WDC Schools deserve a huge thank you for all the hard work they put in on their Day of Caring. I personally experienced the joy of having them work for me and have heard nothing but wonderful compliments about them. They really are caring! Norma Fitzsimmons Verndale, Minn. Many thanks to supporters of cancer benefit Thank you to everybody who attended my benefit on May 31. Your support and generosity are very overwhelming and much appreciated.
May 29 • A caller reported having trouble with a neighbor who said one of the caller's relatives tried to run him off the road. A deputy spoke with the complainant who said the man confronted her daughter on the road and accused her of trying to get him into trouble. The complainant wanted the incident documented in case the situation changed and they needed grounds for filing for a Harassment Restraining Order (HRO). • An assault was reported after a woman's ex-husband allegedly dragged their daughter down the driveway by the arm.
Common sense tells most of us we do not need to openly carry a gun in a public place. Yet there are states in this country that allow people to openly display and carry guns. Other states, like Minnesota, allow concealed weapons in public if a permit has been granted. Last week was a violent one. Two police officers and a bystander at Walmart in Las Vegas were killed by a pair of gunmen who then took their own lives. A shooter at Seattle Pacific University killed one man and wounded two others in Washington.
John Richard Kuchinski, 36, Wadena, warrant: domestic violence. Brandon Lee Kloepfel, 32, Park Rapids, warrant: contempt of court. Scott Alan Borchers, 56, New Prague, Minn., warrant: traffic violation. Erica Rose Fairbanks, 34, Walker, warrant: traffic violation. Damien Michael Hoogakker, 26, Menahga, warrant: traffic violation.
For some years, local historians had sought the location of the ancient Overland Trail, one of the great routes to the West. Frank Goodrich, who lived in this country some 70 years, placed it near his father's homestead which was on the creek near what became known as the Dell Larson place, the original home of Dell and Elmer Larson, former probate judge of Wadena County. Here the trail crossed the river near an Indian encampment or reservation as it was known to the settlers, where three or four Indians lived on about 10 acres.
Often I like to imagine what this area was like before the settlers arrived. There is a rich, but relatively short history to be found here. Most of our communities in Todd and Wadena County were founded 100 to 150 years ago. Ever think about how humans would navigate this once great wilderness? Well, trails and rivers were their highways and while we may not live in lakes country, thankfully we have the rivers. A few years back, on a mild November day, my wife and I threw our recently acquired canoe into the Wing River in Hewitt.
No seed for you - MDHA denies supporters Recently the Wadena Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA) had an ad in the Wadena paper. They were going to give away seed for food plots. It was also on the radio. In reality, if you drove 40 minutes round trip to pick up seed, you were turned down, unless you were a member. So all you people that donated hides, unless you were a member, no seed for you. The local sportsmen's groups that donated money to MDHA, no seed. If you plant a plot on your own for 35 years like I have, no seed.
Hours Sunday: closed Monday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June Library Highlights We are hoping many children will join us at the Wadena City Library as we "Paws to Read." The annual summer reading program for pre- kindergarten through high school will start June 9 and run through the end of July. All you have to do is come in, sign up and read.
From 1971-1982 Air Force reservists, who flew in about 34 dioxin-contaminated aircraft used to spray Agent Orange and returned to the US following discontinuation of the herbicide spraying operations in the Vietnam War, were exposed greater levels of dioxin than previously acknowledged, according to a study published Feb 21 in the Environmental Research Journal.
May 22 • A caller asked for a welfare check on a friend who texted her saying he was suicidal. A deputy located the man and found him sitting on...