The Cultural Center in New York Mills announced the four finalists from the essay contest portion of the 25th annual Great American Think-Off. These four individuals each win $500 and a trip to New York Mills in June for the debate.
The Five Wings Arts Council announced nominations are now being accepted for the 2017-2018 Master Artist Award. The Five Wings Arts Council Master Artist Award is given biannually to recognize an individual Minnesota artist, living in Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd or Wadena Counties, who has achieved creative excellence, a superior mastery of their art form, has accrued a reputable body of work and is recognized for making important contributions to the arts.
Holly Anne Denniston, 33, Aldrich, warrant: contempt of court. Curtis Lee James Fairbanks, 26, Ogema, warrant: disorderly conduct. Ryan Dale Rowland, 34, Menahga, warrant: traffic violation. Dallas Mark Schulke, 29, Sebeka, warrant: traffic violation. Sharon Mae Wisk, 54, Lake Park, warrant: theft.
April 20 • A brand-new mountain bike was found in some grass across the street from the Pizza Hut in Wadena. A street crew was asked to pick up the bike and bring it to the police garage. April 21 • The Wadena Police Department received a complaint from a Wadena man that someone was at his home cutting up his deck without his permission. The complainant was in North Dakota at the time. He was informed it was a civil issue.
Minnesota State University, Mankato will award 2,334 degrees at the end of the spring 2017 semester, with approximately 1,500 students participating in three graduation ceremonies on Saturday, May 6 in Taylor Center's Bresnan Arena.Students in the colleges of Arts and Humanities and Science, Engineering and Technology will take part in the 9 a.m. ceremony; those in the colleges of Allied Health and Nursing and Education will participate in the noon event; and students in the colleges of Business and Social & Behavioral Sciences will be graduated in the 3 p.m. ceremony.
Springfest dinner and auction set for May 5 St. Ann's Catholic Church will hold Springfest Friday, May 5 beginning at 5 p.m. with a champagne reception, appetizers and silent auction. Dinner will be served at 6:15 p.m. and the live auction will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person and are available at St. Ann's business office, Thrifty White Drug and Weber's Wadena Hardware. For more information call (218) 631-1593.
Timothy Berry and Urban Flavor Band performs May 5 Timothy Berry and the Urban Flavor band will hold a concert Friday, May 5 at 7 p.m. at the Wadena Memorial Auditorium. The band performs a variety of Afro-Cuban, Salsa, Mambo and Soul music. Admission is free. The event is sponsored by KSKK and the Wadena Pioneer Journal and is a free program from the Wadena County Historical Society.
With nearly 350 members and guests in attendance, Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative celebrated its 77th Annual Meeting at Wadena's Memorial Auditorium on Thursday, April 20. In the board of director elections, Nominating Committee Chair, Jerry Miller, announced that incumbents Dale Adams, Norm Krause and Gene Kern were re-elected. An organizational meeting held immediately after the Annual Meeting, resulted in the following officers being re-elected: Mike Thorson, Chair; Dale Adams, Vice Chair; Gene Kern, Treasurer; and Marie Katterhagen Secretary.
April 26 • Edward Ervin Sladek, 19, of Litchfield, was stopped and issued a citation for no proof of vehicle insurance and an equipment violation. April 27 • Virgil John Haataja, 39, of Detroit Lakes, was arrested for driving after revocation and no proof of vehicle insurance. Haataja was transported to the Wadena County Jail. The Wadena Police Department answered 117 calls for service this past week.
"Powered by Purpose" conference set for May 5