Thank you to the volunteers who so generously shared their time and talent for the 2016 Empty Stocking talent program. The program was a success due to your support. We are very fortunate to have so many talented individuals in our community. Thank you! Diane Peters, Talent Coordinator
Joshua Francis Bowstring, 24, Cass Lake, warrant: traffic violation. Robert Lee Erickson, 77, Wadena, warrant: traffic violation. Lois Antonio Galvan, 22, Mora, warrant: traffic violation. Ryan Wayne Johnson, 35, Little Falls, warrant: traffic violation. Carla Leanne Keezer, 45, Park Rapids, warrant: traffic violation. Brianna Kathryn Miles, 21, Bemidji, warrant: traffic violation. Joseph John Sudar, 35, Waubun, warrant: traffic violation. Dustin Paul Torvinen, 39, Underwood, warrant: theft by swindle.
Highway department deserves praise What a pleasant surprise I had Saturday morning after the storm when I found that, sometime during the night, the snow had been plowed from the gravel road that passes my home. This is a public thank you to the Wadena County Highway Department for such timely service. Jerry Miler, Sebeka Madhatter production excellent
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota recognized Wadena County Senior Companions with a lunch and awards recently.
Elianore Thompson Elianore Judy Thompson, girl, was born Nov. 17 to Tara and Micheal Thompson of Dent. She weighed 7 lb., 15 oz. and was 20 inches long. She was delivered by Dr. Andrea Westby at Perham Health in Perham. Grandparents are Jody and Daniel McLaren, Sr. of Fairmount, N.D., Mary McLaren of Nashua and Roger and Kevette Thompson of Ottertail. Great-grandparents are Raymond and Almeda McLaren of Foxhome. Older brother Joshua welcomes her home. Dawson Mast
Nov. 18 • A Wadena business reported a suspicious male had been in their store 3-4 hours. The man tried biting into a package and cut his mouth. Police arrested the man for theft and took him to jail. They were unable to make contact with the owner of the vehicle the suspect was driving. • A nine-year-old girl received a serious dog bite on her arm in Sebeka. A deputy reviewed the animal's shot record and license.
Here's good news regarding the "battle of the bulge." Minnesota's obesity rates for young children enrolled in the Women, Infants and Children program are the eighth lowest in the nation. The percentage of children ages 2 to 4 from low-income families participating in the WIC program decreased from 12.7 percent in 2010 to 12.3 percent in 2014, according to a study released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Child obesity is a serious problem. Nationally, the rate was 14.5 percent in 2014.
Blood mobile gathers 131 pints The Red Cross Bloodmobile was at the Wadena Elks Lodge on Monday, Nov. 21 and Tuesday, Nov. 22. Monday's goal was 95 and 76 units were received. Tuesday's goal was 68 and 55 were received. Those receiving gallon pins included: 17 Gallons Allan Lynk, Wadena. Eight gallons Marjorie Mohs-Harrison, Wadena and Connie Putz, Verndale. Seven gallons Rozella Bagley, Wadena and Bernice Jahnke, Deer Creek. Five gallons Ken Derby, Wadena. One gallon
A father and his 7-year-old son were both injured Saturday when the all-terrain vehicle they were on rolled over on Azure Road near 320th Street, south of Motley. Jeremy Olsen, 31, of Cushing was operating the ATV and traveling north on Azure Road when he lost control, causing the ATV to roll, the sheriff's office reported. Olsen's son, Samuel Olsen, was a passenger and they were both transported to St Cloud Hospital by Gold Cross Ambulance with unknown injuries. Neither father nor son were wearing a helmet, the sheriff's office reported.
As northern Minnesota received its first significant snowfall last week, many snowmobile enthusiasts rushed to take their first ride of the season. Snowmobile riders are reminded that despite the early snow, most of the state's snowmobile trails are not yet ready for riding, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Warmer temperatures melted much of the snow that fell last week. Minnesota's snowmobile trails officially open Dec. 1 each year but several conditions must be met before trails are open and ready for travel: