Sept. 10 • Brittany Michelle Maske, 24, of Wadena, was arrested for 5th degree possession of a controlled substance, obstructing legal process and possession of drug paraphernalia. Maske was transported to the Wadena County Jail. Sept. 14 • Bryant Beau Byman, 19, of Barnesville, was stopped and issued a citation for loud vehicle exhaust. Sept. 15 • Zabdi Tovar Serrano, 18, of Wadena, was stopped and issued a citation for driving after cancellation.
Minnesota State Community and Technical College's Wadena campus greeted students this fall with a trio of renovations that aim to make the college more warm and welcoming to students and community members alike. The warmth is generated by the replacement of the college's original 50-year-old boiler, deep in the building's lower level. Much more visible are the transformation in the student services area and the library, and the extensive renovation of the nursing lab and classrooms.
Sept. 6 • A man was holed up in his home with guns. Before SWAT could arrive, the man exited the residence and gave himself up. Sept.7 • A caller reported a neighbor burning scraps from a home remodel. A deputy spoke with the neighbor and informed him he couldn't do this. He agreed to dispose of the scraps at the landfill. Sept. 8
For those who've been dreaming of access to fuel on the south side of the railroad tracks in Wadena—it appears you'll be pumping soon. "I've had people say, 'When are we going to get gas on the south side of town,'" Wadena Development Authority Executive Director Dean Uselman said to an excited city council Wednesday night.
Monday, Aug. 27, the staff of Freshwater gathered for their Fall All Staff Meeting. The FED staff took part in a team building presentation by "The Village" as well as "Trauma Informed Care Training," and ended the day by celebrating employee's years of service. Theresa Gould, Sped paraprofessional and Janie Skoien, ALC instructor were honored for their 10 years of service to Freshwater. Michelle Motschenbacher, Sped paraprofessional; Jana Timm, ALC specialist and Cathy Salathe, ALC program assistant were honored for their 15 years of service to Freshwater.
Ross Anderson, M.D., is the most recent addition to the Tri-County Health Care team. He specializes in obstetrics and gynecology and will practice at the Wadena clinic. Anderson has been practicing medicine for 33 years and most recently worked for Allina Health — Cambridge Medical Center. He is board certified with the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He was inspired to pursue medicine by medical missionaries. In fact, he and his wife have done short-term medical missions in Kenya, and they hope to return.
Nate Ronning, M.D., has joined the Tri-County Health Care emergency department. Ronning specializes in emergency medicine and is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. Ronning attended Concordia College and Ross University and completed residency at the University of South Florida. Previously, he worked for Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Fla.; Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Fla.; and Essentia Health in Detroit Lakes.
The New York Mills school district was awarded bicycle fleets, trailers and supplies to teach bicycle and pedestrian safety, according to a news release Tuesday, Sept. 11, from the Minnesota Department of Transportation. According to a news release, the bikes were expected to arrive in the spring. As a part of MnDOT's Safe Routes to School program, these grants award communities a trailer, bicycles and supplies that enable teachers, after school programs, and other community groups to share the bicycles while teaching critical safety skills to youth in Minnesota.
It was interesting to read about the Wadena City Council's recent discussions in the Aug. 23 issue of the Pioneer Journal, especially the suggestion by Toby Pierce regarding the Wadena City entry signs. I've heard many disappointing remarks regarding the present signs. I personally would love to see the change become a sculpture of a Native American chief, holding a sign that says, "Wadena Welcomes" either full sculptures or busts on pedestals. That would be beautiful! Marilyn Swanson, Wadena
Hope Theisen was among the students to graduate from North Dakota State University in summer 2018. NDSU awarded 309 degrees to students. Theisen graduated with honors with a BS in Political Science.