More than 70 EMS personnel from local fire, rescue and police departments attended Tri-County Health Care's 29th annual Emergency Medical Service (EMS) program in March. "This program is designed to provide an educational update for Emergency Services personnel in the Tri-County Health Care service area," said Julie Jenson, Tri-County Health Care EMS Manager. "It's also an opportunity to recognize our area fire, rescue and police departments for their tireless efforts and dedication to emergency services in their communities."
"Bridging the Gap," a Community Volunteer Fair will be hosted once again at the Cyber Cafe in Wadena. The volunteer fair will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 21. The intention of the volunteer fair is to give nonprofit organizations and programs a chance to "toot their own horn" and recruit volunteers. Tables are provided by the Cyber Cafe and groups can set up displays with the name of the program and purpose, including pictures of past/present projects and future goals.
Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative will hold its annual meeting and member dinner on Thursday, April 21 at Memorial Auditorium in Wadena. The registration and open house begins at 4:30 p.m. with the meeting set to begin at 5:30 p.m. and the member dinner to follow. Members who haven't already done so by mail are encouraged to cast their vote for the Board of Director elections prior to the meeting at 5:30 p.m.
The annual meeting of Old Wadena Society will take place Sunday, April 10, at the BullsEye Restaurant in Verndale. A special buffet dinner will be available at noon followed by the program and meeting at 1 p.m. Program speaker will be Clarence Horsager, Verndale area farmer and historian who will be presenting "A Piece of History." Among other topics, he will discuss discuss the history of the "Wheat Trail" that served the Verndale area in the 1800s.
March 24 • An intoxicated woman, who was soon to be separated, admitted to burning three of her husband's shirts. The husband agreed to leave the residence until they could talk to one another in a civil manner. • Law enforcement received information from a man that his wife, who has an Order for Protection (OFP) against him, might be in possession of a stolen 9mm pistol. He did not wish to make trouble for his wife but alleged he had not seen the pistol since last fall when she threatened to kill a dog.
Tri-County Health Care's annual "Men's Night Out" program will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 10 at the Wadena-Deer Creek Middle/ High School. This is a new location and date for the always popular "Men's Night Out" educational event on health, for men of all ages. Admission is free. Mark Rosen, the 2016 Men's Night Out keynote speaker, is an iconic Minnesota sports director, anchor and reporter who has been covering Minnesota sports for more than four decades.
Because severe weather can threaten the lives and property of Minnesotans at any time, April 11-15 has been proclaimed as Severe Weather Awareness Week. It takes a whole community to prepare for, respond to and recover from tornadoes, straight line winds, floods and heat waves. It is hoped that all residents will take the time during this week to reassess their personal emergency plans and supplies.
The courtroom conclusion to the disappearance and death of 18-year-old Laura Schwendemann of Starbuck left many people feeling frustrated. They were angry that Nickolas McArdell, a suspect in the case who authorities say kept changing his story about the events that unfolded on the last night that Schwendemann was seen alive, received only a one-year jail sentence for a gross misdemeanor charge of tampering with a dead body and concealing evidence. The crime and punishment struck a nerve.
Wadena-Deer Creek Kevin Ross has a mixture of varsity veterans and newcomers on his boys' team squad this spring. The Wolverines will be anchored by seniors Jack Goeden and Jordan Kern. Both golfers contributed to WDC's success last year. Kern was consistently WDC's top man on the links. Derek Plautz is the team's only junior and Thomas QuinCer their only sophomore. Freshmen include Dawson Lupkes, Jason Englund and Stephen Thomas. Three seventh-grade newcomers include Cade Woods, Cooper Reed and Alex Lunde.
Organ, tissue, eye donors and recipients to be honored at ceremony April 8 The Donate Life Flag will be raised on April 8 and flown at Tri‐County Health Care during the month of April to honor local organ and tissue donors, their families and recipients. The display is part of a national initiative, Flags Across America, designed to honor and celebrate the hundreds of thousands of donors and recipients whose lives have been affected by organ, eye and tissue donation.