June 29 • An officer recovered a trailer at a local business that had been reported stolen in Douglas County. • An officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle, after it attempted to elude the officer. The officer made contact with the two male occupants and identified them as, Virgil John Haataja, 38, of Wadena, and Shawn Allan Mayo, 40, of Wadena. Haataja and Mayo had numerous warrants for their arrests. Both were transported to the Wadena County Jail. • Officers responded to a disturbance at a local business.
Minnesota's ruffed grouse spring drumming counts were unchanged this year compared to last year, according to a survey conducted by the Department of Natural Resources. This follows a significant increase of 34 percent from 2013 to 2014, said Charlotte Roy, DNR grouse project leader. "While it can be tenuous to compare the results of only one year to the next, we suspect the cold, wet spring of 2014 may have hurt grouse production," she said.
Parents Who Have Lost a Child support group to meet July 13 Tri-County Health Care has a "Parents Who Have Lost a Child" support group to help those in the area affected by the loss of a child. The monthly support group will meet on Monday, July 13 at 5:30 p.m. in the Wesley Conference Room at Tri-County Health Care. Our area has had a disturbing number of children lost to miscarriage, stillbirth, illness, cancer, suicide and accidents. These parents need long-term support and many find it comforting to talk with others who have also suffered a similar loss.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) issued an air pollution health alert Monday for the northern two-thirds of Minnesota due to smoke blowing in from forest fires in Canada. While air quality briefly improved following rain showers on Sunday and Monday, heavy smoke returned behind the storm system. The MPCA issues an air pollution health alert when air quality conditions reach unhealthy for sensitive group levels, or an AQI greater than 101. WDAY-TV meteorologist John Wheeler said the smoke and haze could stick around most of this week and possibly through July. "It's a huge area
Opening reception for "Minnesota Homefront" July 12 features Dale Blanshan The Wadena County Historical Society is honored to present "Minnesota Homefront, World War II," a traveling exhibit that explores the accomplishments, sacrifices, disappointments and challenges that have shaped the enduring legacy of Minnesota's Greatest Generation through their stories. "Minnesota Homefront" will be on display at the Wadena Depot from July 10 through Aug. 15. The opening reception will be on Sunday, July 12 at 2 p.m.
McCracken to speak July 12 Jim McCracken, head of the TrueBridge family of churches, will be the guest speak at The Old Country Church in Leaf River Township Sunday, July 12. The church is located at 19973 145th Ave. in Wadena. The service begins at 10 a.m. All are welcome to attend. For more information call Jerry at (218) 837-5690.
Minnesota routinely has been classified by its neighbors — North Dakota and South Dakota — as a high-tax state that is business unfriendly.
June 25 • A deputy received a report of two females being harassed by a male. The suspect was located and placed under arrest for the second time within two hours. He became uncooperative during the arrest and damaged a police squad car. June 26 • A caller informed police at 12:55 a.m. that a small vehicle was taking a joyride in the Wadena Cemetery. When police checked they encountered a mowing contractor beating the daytime sun and heat by working after dark. The riding mower was quiet but it did have light-emitting diode (LED) lights.
The city of Menahga is hosting the St. Urho Wife Carry for Charity Challenge on July 11. Strong men and tenacious women are invited to compete. "It's all about fun," organizer Greg Anderson said. Registration is limited to 50 teams.
Timothy J. Siemsen and Patricia Johanson, h&w, hereby conveys to Macey R. Hoeper, Lots 1 and 2 of Block 1 in Berg's Subdivision of Part of Lots 23 and 24 in Pleasant View Addition to Wadena. Mark J. Rolloff and Kayla M. Rolloff, h&w, hereby conveys to Jordan N. Rentz, that part of the NE ¼ NW ¼ of Section 30, Twp.