A criminal complaint was signed by the Wadena Police Department and issued by the Wadena County Attorney's Office to charge Mary Alice Stiles, 49, of Verndale with being a felon in possession of a firearm and two misdemeanor charges of driving after revocation and having no proof of insurance. Stiles was stopped by a Wadena police officer on Wednesday, Feb. 17 knowing that she had a revoked driver's license. After officers approached her vehicle they noticed Stiles had an uncased long gun in the back seat of her vehicle.
Feb. 12 • A man was assaulted when he went to a party in Becker County northwest of Menahga. Photos were taken of his vehicle and marks on his neck. The Wadena Sheriff's Office was notified by Becker County law enforcement they would attempt to locate the suspect. • A man reported a case of identity theft allegedly perpetrated by a woman who had lived with him. He told the Wadena police the woman had opened two charge accounts on his computer without his authorization.
Wadena-Deer Creek's Max Phillips edged Chaska's Mike Koster by a single point to claim the state scoring title for freshmen during the 2015-2016 boys' hockey season. Phillips, a 5-9 forward, had 21 goals and 16 assists in 23 games for a point total of 37. Koster, a defenseman, balanced his 36 points between 18 goals and 18 assists. Phillips led all Class A scorers while Koster led all Class AA scorers.
Retiring Central Lakes College President Larry Lundblad on Tuesday announced plans to run for the Minnesota House of Representatives. In an email to all CLC employees, Lundblad said he planned to seek the Republican endorsement for the seat to be vacated by Rep. Mark Anderson, R-Lake Shore, who announced he would retire from House District 9A at the end of his term this year and not run in the 2016 election. The district includes parts of Cass, Todd and Wadena counties.
Lake Shore Mayor John Poston has announced his candidacy for the Minnesota House District 9A seat. Poston is seeking the Republican nomination for the seat being vacated by Rep. Mark Anderson, who announced his retirement on Feb. 15.
Feb. 16 • The Wadena Police Department received a report of a theft from a local business. Officers were able to identify the two suspects involved in the incident. Theft related charges for Chad Michael Anderson, 18, of Staples, have been submitted to the prosecuting attorney. Feb. 17 • Heidi Maria Willprecht, 48, of Wadena, was arrested on an Otter Tail County warrant.
A man has been charged with two felonies after allegedly stealing money from a cancer benefit in Wadena in January. A criminal complaint was signed by the Wadena Police Department and issued by the Wadena County Attorney's Office to charge William Joseph Stushek, 47, of Brainerd with two counts of felony theft. Stushek's charges come from his actions during a cancer benefit held in Wadena on Jan. 9. During the benefit, Stushek allegedly stole the money bag that contained almost $3,000 in cash and checks.
Grief support group slated for March 1 Tri-County Health Care will host its monthly grief support group on Tuesday, March 1. The meeting will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Wesley Conference Room, located in the lower level of Tri-County Health Care in Wadena. Anyone who has experienced a loss is invited to the support group. The group's purpose is to offer understanding, suggestions for coping, support, friendship and, most of all, hope to bereaved adults. The group meets the first Tuesday of each month.
Congratulations to all FFA members as we celebrate National FFA Week. This year's theme is "Amplify" as the National FFA encourages 629,367 FFA members to amplify their potential in "Premier Leadership, Personal Growth, and Career Success through Agricultural Education." Minnesota has over 10,500 FFA members including the 30 members in the Wadena-Deer Creek FFA Chapter.
Rep. Jim Knoblach of St. Cloud couldn't be more correct that "partisanship gets in the way of accomplishing things," as he stated last week in the St. Cloud Times. He had returned to the Minnesota Legislature in 2015 after eight years away and found the Capitol more divided than ever. So he proposed a solution: no parties. He authored a bill last year to allow candidates to run for the Legislature without party designation. A bold idea, but does it go far enough? Why give candidates the option? Why not let Minnesota go from partisan to nonpartisan: all of us on the same team?