Keith Leiran has earned the prestigious AFLIC award from American Family Insurance. He joins a select group of agents who distinguished themselves in 2014 through outstanding sales of life insurance products offered by the company's subsidiary, American Family Life Insurance Company. Keith has been an agent for American Family since December 2010. His offices are located at 104 Market Drive, Perham and 405 Ash Ave NW, Wadena.
The following area students earned a spot on the Dean's list from Bemidji State University at the conclusion of the 2014 Fall Semester: Bertha Edward Blashack, Callan Chaffin and Nicholas Jasmer. Deer Creek Caitlin Volkmann and Courtney Volkmann. Hewitt Autumn Aeling. Menahga Kirsten Horsma, Rachael Horsma, Haley Hotakainen, Alisha Lindquist, Allyson Ohlgren and Caroline Schik. Sebeka Brett Brockpahler. Staples Lynnea Iverson, Samuel Klein and Dominique Koppes.
Feb. 4 • Justin Jeffrey Holland, 21, of Wadena, was cited and released for possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, both offenses are petty misdemeanors. Feb. 5 • Officers received a report of an unknown individual banging on an apartment door. Officers arrived on scene, where they made contact with Aaron Richard Bounds, 22, of Verndale. Bounds was arrested on felony probation violation charges and was transported to the Wadena County Jail.
The following students were among the 234 students who completed undergraduate degree requirements at Bemidji State University and graduated at the conclusion of the 2014 fall semester: Menahga Vanessa Burkman, BS, Social Work, Andrew Floyd, BS, Elementary Education, Magna Cum Laude, Cody Pulju, BS, Elementary Education and Sally Waaraniemi, BS, Social Work. Wadena Brandon Morgan, BS, English Education and Desiree Seibert, BS, Elementary Education.
Sarah F. Craig has been named to the University of St. Thomas 2014 fall semester Dean's List. Students must post grade point averages of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale to be named to the Dean's List.
Speeding Aaron Richard Bounds, 22, Verndale, 60/40, fees $230. Amanda Jane Conn, 36, Verndale, 64/55, fees $130. Paula Jean Glatzmaier, 51, Brainerd, 55/45, fees $130. Chad Michael Roggeman, 43, St.
Wadena-Deer Creek's robotics team is shifting into high gear as they approach the final days of their build season. As the deadline of Feb. 17 approaches, the team is determined to finish, said Robotics Coach Shane Snyder. Eight students make up this year's team. "They're a great bunch of kids. They're focused on what needs to be done," said Snyder. This year's challenge is called, "Recycle Rush." It's a recycling-themed game.
'The Imaginary Invalid' set for Feb. 20-22 Performances for the dinner theater, 'The Imaginary Invalid,' will be Friday and Saturday, Feb. 20 and 21, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m. at Ted and Gen's in Aldrich. The doors at Ted and Gen's will open at 5:30 p.m. with the buffet dinner served at 6 p.m. for the Friday and Saturday shows. On Sunday the doors will open at 11:30 a.m. with the meal served at 12 noon. The ticket price also includes dessert which will be served at intermission. Tickets will be available after Feb.
Nearly 240 years ago, something amazing happened: A young, upstart territory decided to separate from one of the most powerful nations in the world to form an independent country. With much struggle, the United States of America was established based on the principles of freedom, opportunity, basic rights and limited government. We've come a long way since then. Even though we've had our share of troubles, including the Great Depression and several major wars, our country has always emerged from them stronger.
Jan. 28 • An argument over cats led to police being called to a residence on Twin Lakes Road. Jan. 29 • Deputies responded to a call from a rural Wadena residence where a juvenile male was reported to be destroying property during a fight with his mother. The juvenile was arrested on several charges. Jan. 30 • After regaining possession of her vehicle, a woman found a handgun and what she believed were drugs inside. • A woman asked to speak with a policeman about multiple theft complainants she had made.