Minnesota 4-H'ers from 86 counties and two tribal nations brought over 2,600 exhibits, delivered 175 public presentations and participated in dozens of group learning experiences and performances at the 2017 Minnesota State Fair.
Jil Fiemeyer can feel her daughter's presence every time she sees kids playing near one of the Buddy Benches at Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary. "Orange was one of Jane's favorite colors," Fiemeyer recalled. "So it was important each of these benches represented her by both encouraging Jane-like behavior, as well as visually with their color."
The Coats for Kids drive is now underway in Otter Tail County. This program helps to defray cold weather clothing costs for parents who may not be able to afford it. Last year, over 1,500 coats, hats and mittens were distributed to families throughout the county and the same number is expected this year.
While most high school students are thinking about school supplies, classes and extracurriculars, CEO students of Central Minnesota CEO are thinking about what it looks like to start and run their own personal businesses. On Sept. 6, our community began the CEO program year- just the first in a series of steps to help cultivate real life skills in our students and to enter our community into a national network of high caliber young leaders. Central Minnesota CEO is a collaboration of students from Wadena-Deer Creek, Staples-Motley and Verndale.
Sept. 12 • Dale Eugene Miller, 67, of Wadena, was stopped and arrested for 3rd degree DWI. Miller was transported to the Wadena County Jail. Sept. 13 • Justin Daniel Seiser, 27, of Wadena, was stopped and issued a citation for possession of drug paraphernalia. Sept. 14 • Derek Lee Reger, 23, of Wadena, was arrested for 1st degree burglary. Reger was transported to the Wadena County Jail. • Timothy William Tuit, 32, of Wadena, was arrested for assault. Tuit was transported to the Wadena County Jail.
One Vegetable, One Community is finishing its first year in Wadena. The program hit the ground running this past spring and summer. Over 350 packets with kale seeds, planting instruction and recipes were distributed in hopes of getting Wadena enthused about gardening and healthy eating. Packets were put together by local Boy Scout troops and a group from the United Methodist Church in Wadena.
Kyle Michael Barta, 31, Fargo, N.D., warrant: theft. Danika Joy Canning-Williams, 24, Wadena, warrant: probation violation. Brandon Lee Dziubak, 34, Burtrum, warrant: traffic violation. Elizabeth Rose Gabrielson, 25, Fort Ripley, warrant: probation violation. Mitchell Lee Peterson, 26, Henning, warrant: probation violation. Terry Ray Price, 48, Wadena, warrant: traffic violation. Dawny Marie Stevens, 25, Bagley, warrant: probation violation.
Sept. 9 • A woman asked the police to remove her boyfriend from their apartment because she was afraid of him. She was informed that since his name was on the lease he could not be forced to leave. • Concern for a man who was outside screaming, hollering and swearing on Second Street NW prompted a caller to ask the police for a welfare check.
Minnesota electric cooperatives mobilized lineworkers to assist crews in restoring power in parts of Florida that are being ravaged by Hurricane Irma. Fourteen lineworkers from six Minnesota electric cooperatives departed from Minnesota on Sunday, Sept. 10. They will be working in Florida for one to two weeks. Additional crews may be gathered to assist in other parts of Florida and possibly Georgia. Cooperatives sending support are: • Lake Region Electric Co-op, Pelican Rapids • McLeod Co-op Power Association, Glencoe • Meeker Cooperative, Litchfield
Tri Aquatics Moms Course strengthens, stabilizes and soothes Tri-County Health Care will host a free Tri Aquatics Moms Course on Monday, Sept. 25, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Maslowski Wellness and Research Center in Wadena. This aquatic exercise class is offered to expectant mothers who are looking for a way to maintain good overall health during and following pregnancy. The session will address full-body fitness education including low-impact aerobic exercise with stretching, strengthening and range of motion activities for the entire body.