Wadena-Deer Creek FCCLA, Wadena, was selected to receive the 2016 National High School Student Body High School Award, sponsored by Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). Student Body is a peer education program, created by FCCLA, designed to teach students how to make informed, responsible decisions about their health and provide opportunities for youth to teach others about making healthy choices. The Student Body award recognizes chapters that promote to youth the advantages of eating right, being fit, and making healthy choices.
Minnesota State Community and Technical College has earned national accreditation for its concurrent enrollment program, which each year benefits more than 1,600 area high school students by giving them a head start on their college education. M State was among the 15 colleges and universities that were awarded accreditation this month by The National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships, the sole national accrediting agency that validates the quality of concurrent programs and works to advance the quality of college courses in high school.
A man has been charged in Wadena County with illegally possessing a firearm and possession of a controlled substance. The Wadena County Sheriff's Office, with assistance from the West Central Drug and Violent Offenders Task Force and the Wadena Police Department, arrested Scott Don Olson, 33, after an investigation by those law enforcement agencies. Olson was charged with seven felony counts of felon in possession of firearms and one count of felony fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance. He is in custody at the Wadena County Jail.
The 2015-2016 singing season for the Staples Area Men's Chorus (SAMC) is coming to a close with the finale concert "The Afterglow" to be performed on Saturday, May 14, starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Landmark Inn in Staples. The concert will be a series of selections with an intimate atmosphere. Past concerts have included audience requests and break-out groups performing favored pieces. This is a fundraiser concert for the SAMC to help with costs of performing at Carnegie Hall in 2017.
The Minnesota Legislature's regular session will end May 23. That's in less than three weeks. Here's what the lawmakers must do between now and then: • Compromise on a transportation bill. • Compromise on a bonding bill. If the lawmakers do those things, the session will have been a success, and all — OK, most — will be right with the Gopher State world.
Wadena County Historical Society Lasagna Supper slated for May 16
Emmylou Haataja Emmylou Kay Haataja, girl, was born on April 23 to Codi and Brent Haataja of Menahga. She weighed 7 lbs., 3 oz. and was 18 inches long. She was delivered by Dr. Heidi Olson at Tri-County Health Care in Wadena. Older sisters Addilynn and Raeliegh welcome her home. Josie Hendershot
Jodon Cash Crosno, 23, Wadena, warrant: traffic violation. David James Loeffler, 31, Wadena, warrant: assault, theft, shoplifting, property damage. Holly Marie Marsh, 38, Staples, warrant: controlled substance sale. Barbara Ann Streed, 59, Wadena, warrant: domestic assault. April Lee Skidmore, 50, Ottertail, warrant: theft. Skyler Adam Smith, 25, Proctor, warrant: traffic violation.