Reuter Family Dentistry opened its doors to provide free dental care for low-income kids. The Wadena practice donated the care as part of a statewide initiative called "Give Kids a Smile." "Research has shown strong links between kids' oral health and their overall health," said Dr. Heidi Reuter, D.D.S., Owner of Reuter Family Dentistry. "We want to stress the importance of giving kids a good foundation in healthy dental practices, which leads to less issues and better overall health later in life."
The Wadena County Historical Society's Spring Legacy Program Series opened Sunday with a performance by singer/songwriter Elisa Korenne.
Jennifer Virginia Johnson, 42, Wadena, warrant: drug sale. Brian James Knowles, 33, Park Rapids, warrant: traffic violation. Deandre Jaylen Lacroix, 19, Moorhead, warrant: possession of stolen property. Wayne Lee Patton, 48, Menahga, warrant: contempt of court. Christopher Alan Ruth, 24, Bloomington, warrant: drug possession, drug sale in school zone. Dalton Alan Schultz, 19, Sebeka, warrant: drug sale. Tony Lee Allan Maruna, 30, Wadena, warrant: traffic violation. Robbie Alan Orth, 31, Perham, warrant: contempt of court.
Pastor Allen Refsland announces a special service for Easter at the Wadena Assembly of God Church with Pastor Carl and DeeDee Lindelien starting at 10:30 a.m., March 26. Carl and DeeDee have over 30 years of ministry experience including ministering in a church that had over 10,000 kids and teens alone.
Speeding Logan Scott Carter, 18, Brooklyn Park, 74/65, fees $130. Milo Talon Etter, 25, Aberdeen, S.D., 70/55, fees $48.75. Lyle Gene Hodgden, 47, Menahga, 79/55, fees $230. Ryan Heath Sprabary, 32, Roseau, 65/55, fees $130. Traffic Court Trisha Lynn Dow, 21, New York Mills, driving without valid license, fees 4190. Milo Talon Etter, 25, Aberdeen, S.D., driving without valid license, fees $171.25. Chanda Lynn Evans, 39, Eagle Bend, proof of insurance, seat belt, fees $315.
The Five Wings Arts Council has selected two Wadena County residents to be recognized with the Outstanding Community Arts Leadership Awards. Sue Gens, executive director of the Minnesota State Arts Board, will present the awards to Bernie Nelson (Wadena) and Lonnie Schmidt (Menahga) at the region-wide Celebration of the Arts Thursday, March 31 at Great River Arts in Little Falls. The public is invited to attend and can get tickets online at www.fwac.org or phone at (877) 654-2166 or by emailing email@example.com .
Brazil may be concerned about the run-up to hosting the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, but it has far more pressing issues to deal with. Last week more than a million Brazilians joined anti-government rallies across the country, challenging impeachment for embattled president Dilma Rousseff. The majority of Brazilians believe she should resign, which shouldn't be unexpected given her popularity rating is currently at a horrendous 7.7 percent.
Jason Weinerman last week announced his candidacy for Minnesota's Senate District 9, which includes portions of Wadena, Todd, Morrison and Crow Wing counties. Weinerman, 45, of Little Falls, is seeking the DFL endorsement to run against incumbent GOP senator Paul Gazelka, R-Nisswa. "I think it's time for rural Minnesota to have more of a voice in the state Legislature," he said. Issues important to him include rural infrastructure such as roads, bridges and water systems in smaller towns, as well as improving higher education, including funding for students.
Money provided by Minnesota's Local Government Aid program is a mainstay in the budgets of cities throughout the state, and potential funding hikes and cuts to it have city leaders keeping a close eye on the Legislature. For 2017, Gov. Mark Dayton has included a one-time $21.5 million increase to the program in his supplemental budget while Senate leaders confirmed Wednesday they have placed a $45.5 million boost in their version of the tax bill. Dozens of cities across the state have ratified resolutions in support of an LGA increase, including Wadena.