Dec. 20 • A complainant wanted to report his van had been stolen Dec. 16. He showed a police officer a hand-written bill of sale for the vehicle and said the new owners were responsible for making two payments, which they had failed to do. He was advised it was a civil matter. The complainant did not like the answer and said he would be speaking with a lawyer. The officer encouraged that and asked the complainant to let him know what the lawyer said. Police agreed to check an address on 231st Avenue to see if the vehicle was there. Dec. 21
Bomb squad disposes of dynamite found in rural Otter Tail County The Red River Valley Regional Bomb Squad is disposing of about 25 sticks of dynamite Friday, Dec. 30, found at a rural residence along the Otter Tail and Grant county line, an Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office spokesman said. The dynamite was discovered about 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, in a shed near the home in the 28,000 Block of 100th Street, Lt. Keith Van Dyke said.
Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary recognized the following students for positive behavior, Dec. 15: Anna Helmbrecht, Eli Hovius, Naomi Aho, Emma Weniger, Nevaeh Anderson, Brooklin Jesuit, Lillian Davidson, Ryan Erikson and Wesley Anderson. PAWS (Positive Always ready Working together Safe) supports positive behavior for students in grades K-4. A student can be nominated by any staff member, not just their teacher. They are nominated by exhibiting positive behavior and helping others.
Dec. 19 • Gary Roger Leaderbrand, 58, of New York Mills, was booked into the Wadena County Jail on charges of 1st degree criminal sexual conduct. Dec. 24 • Jacob Allan Ray Berthiaume, 18, of Sauk Rapids, was stopped and issued a citation for an instruction permit violation. The Wadena Police Department answered 110 calls for this past week.
Keep Christ in Christmas Thank you to the city of Wadena, Mayor George Deiss and area churches for placing the beautiful Nativity on the Wesley Lawn. Let us all keep Christ in Christmas. Vickie Nelson, Wadena
Aubrey VanOrsdel Aubrey Haven VanOrsdel, girl, was born Dec. 19 to Jennifer and Trey VanOrsdel of Hewitt.She weighed 7 lb., 13 oz. and was 21.5 inches long. She was delivered by Dr. Illene Reed at Perham Health in Perham. Grandparents are Keith and Sonja VanOrsdel of Wadena and David and Rhoda Ehnert of Perham. Tyson Smith
This fall the Freshwater Middle School invited the Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary School to participate in We Scare Hunger. We Scare Hunger is a campaign that promotes taking action to fight hunger within the community as part of participating in the WE project. Freshwater Middle School has been "living WE" at school for four years, working on service campaigns aimed locally and globally. This type of service learning contributes to lifelong skills that teach students how to make a positive impact within their community and throughout the world.
Dec. 15 • A comment by a man at a business that he was being abused by his girlfriend led to a welfare check by the Wadena County Sheriff's office. The man told a deputy no physical abuse had taken place - only a verbal argument. He also told the deputy he was not scared of his girlfriend and wanted to remain with her. Dec. 16
Each year Outstanding Conservationists are chosen statewide for their dedication to the environment through wise land use, soil and water conservation programs, wildlife conservation practices and their reputation as successful farmers and/or leaders in their community. Paul and April Enberg of Verndale have been selected by the Wadena Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) to receive the 2016 Outstanding Conservationist Award for Wadena County.
Madlin Lausten, a Sebeka native, qualified for the Fall 2016 Dean's List at Belmont University. Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a quality grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C.