Minnesota State University, Mankato awarded 2,371 degrees at the end of the spring 2016 semester, with approximately 1,500 students participating in three graduation ceremonies on May 7 in Taylor Center's Bresnan Arena.The following area students graduated: Hewitt Kelsey Schwartz, BFA, Art, Magna Cum Laude Staples Lance Noska, BS, Computer Engineering Technology and BS, Electronic Engineering Technology and Joshua Wuollet, MS, Math: Statistics Option
The Wadena County Sheriff's Office and the Sebeka Police Department are announcing a community notification for a Level 3 predatory offender who moved to the city of Sebeka. Joshua Joe Dexter, 35, moved to Sebeka May 4. Dexter has a history of sexual contact with adolescent female victims age 13-14 and contact has included penetration. The offender was known to his victims. Dexter has served his sentence and was released Feb. 20, 2013. This offender is not wanted by the police at this time.
A grass fire started after a vehicle overheated in Section 32 of Thomastown Township in Wadena County. The fire was reported at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 8, according to the Wadena County Sheriff's Office. Emergency personnel arrived and discovered a passenger car was being driven in a field with long grass and began to overheat. The driver noticed smoke coming from the engine block and realized it had started the grass on fire. The vehicle was a total loss and everyone was able to exit the vehicle safely.
Five Wings Arts Council announces a new grant program designed to encourage and support the integration of the arts to address a local community issue, problem or need through an arts-based solution. The Arts Based Community Development (ABCD) grant program is a pilot initiative open to any nonprofit 501c3 organization, organizations or group without nonprofit designation but using a 501c3 fiscal agent, school, or local government entity serving Minnesota counties of Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and/or Wadena Counties.
Each of the students had his own reasons for enrolling in the Gas Utility Construction and Service program at Minnesota State Community and Technical College last fall, but all are leaving with something in common: a job. This year's six-man graduating class was the first for the 32-credit diploma program, which began in the fall of 2015 on M State's Wadena campus.
Get out your running shoes for this year's Sunnybrook Stomp on Friday, June 17 in Wadena. The 5K Run/Walk event is sponsored by Tri-County Health Care and begins with registration at 5:30 p.m. at the Lions Shelter in Wadena's Sunnybrook Park. 5K Run/Walk - Registration for the 5K Run/Walk is only $15 if registered by June 1, and $20 after that. Participants who wish to have a performance shirt, instead of cotton, can do so for an additional $4. Pre-registration is recommended. All participants who register before June 1 are guaranteed a t-shirt.
The Five Wings Arts Council invites the public to a reception in celebration of "Just Paint," an exhibition of the most recent works by Staples artist Diana Johnson. The opening reception will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, May 26 at the Five Wings Gallery, which is located within Five Wings Arts Council and can be accessed at the west entrance of 121 Fourth Street NE, Staples. The exhibit, which continues through June 17, is open for viewing during business hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
A man is charged with felony drug possession after four pounds of meth was discovered in a package being delivered to a Wadena home. The Wadena County Sheriff's Office received information from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) about a suspicious package that was being mailed from Arizona to a residence in the City of Wadena, Sheriff Michael D. Carr reported.
The Wadena Farmers Market opened Friday, May 13. Located off Highway 71 between Burger King and Pizza Hut, the market runs from 2-5:30 p.m. each Friday. Early in the growing season some market vendors have leafy vegetables such as spinach, lettuce, asparagus, rhubarb and radishes. Produce selection changes throughout the season. A selection of herbs, organically raised meats and nitrate free sausages, along with honey, maple syrup, bread and more have been brought to the market as well.
A Battle Lake man is in critical condition after getting shot in the chest outside a bar. His alleged shooter is in Otter Tail County Jail for attempted murder and terrorizing. Police say it was around bar close at 1:30 this morning outside the Rusty Nail in Battle Lake when 28-year-old Phillip Kaste was shot in the upper chest. The suspect is 48-year-old Michael Spilde of Battle Lake who ran away after allegedly pulling a pistol and firing at Kaste.