Feb. 10 Wadena Dispatch received odd statements from a man involving a helicopter and people arriving. The man asked to see the sheriff. He seemed interested in seeing what the sheriff's office would do. He also made an utterance about a squad car and keys. The police were notified a woman had fallen asleep the previous evening with a cigarette and her bed caught fire. The woman's son extinguished the fire with no injuries. Feb. 11
Sarah Moenkedick, Verndale, made the dean's list at Minnesota State University-Mankato for the fall 2016 semester. To qualify for the dean's list, students must earn a 3.5 to 3.99 average and be enrolled for at least 12 credit hours for the semester.
Gao Hong, a Chinese storyteller and pipa maestro will perform at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center Thursday, March 23. She will have a talk at 6:30 p.m. followed by a concert at 7:30 p.m. Gao, a Chinese musical prodigy and master of the pear-shaped lute, the pipa, began her career as a professional musician at age 12. She graduated with honors from China's premier music school, the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, where she studied with the great pipa master Lin Shicheng. In both China and the U.S. Gao has received numerous top awards and honors.
Sam Jacobson, New York Mills, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Systems Management and a minor in Agricultural Business from the University of Minnesota-Crookston. He completed his degree requirements during fall semester 2016.
The Wadena Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Committee met with several new and long-time business owners Feb. 7 to present awards. Ambassadors met with Michelle Fitzsimons of Art Bar 39 and presented a First Dollar Award. Art Bar 39 is owned by LeAnne Larson and the phone number is (218) 544-0034. Ambassadors met with Dave and Amanda Bush owners of Beyond Homecare, Inc. to present them with their First Dollar Award. Beyond Homecare is located at 445 NE 3rd Ave. in Perham and the phone number is (218) 346-7922.
A campaign to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding around dementia is underway with the support of Dementia Friendly Wadena Action Team. The Dementia Friendly Wadena Action Team is hosting a 'Dementia Friends' information sessions on March 7 and is looking for local people to join in learning about dementia and helping people who are living with it in our community.
Feb. 2 A welfare check was carried out after a juvenile told a bus driver that his father had threatened to take pills. The father denied the allegation and insisted everything was okay, just a little stressed. Feb. 3
Wadena-Deer Creek Schools will be in session Monday, Feb. 20. This was originally a scheduled day off for President's Day, but because WDC missed two days of school due to weather, WDC now has school on Monday, February 20 and Friday, March 3.
House bills are an assault on Minnesota solar energy Gazprom's hand picked silver-spoon poster boy of conspicuous consumption had yet to be crowned in D.C.; as Minnesota House Republicans were already hard at work last Tuesday appeasing their patrons in the energy sector.
Lonny Dille Lonny Nicholas Dille, boy, was born on Feb. 3 to Lonna and Nicholas Dille. He weighed 6 lbs., 7 oz. and was 17.5 inches long. He was delivered by Dr. Laura DuChene at Tri-County Health Care in Wadena. Grandparents are Lonny and Cathi Dumpprope. Older brother Easton welcomes him home. Raylee Impola