Who would think a family from Minnesota would love Southern Gospel music, much less share it with audiences across the country? And yet The Garms Family, hailing from the Land of 10,000 Lakes and 20 million mosquitoes, is doing just that and enjoying every mile together.
Jim Koranda, owner of Legacy Power Line, Inc. was presented with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) "Patriot" Award on June 13 by Mike Bellos of Minnesota Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve in recognition of extraordinary support of his employee serving in the Minnesota Army National Guard. Legacy Power Line, Inc. is located in Wadena. Koranda was nominated for being highly supportive of the Army National Guard by his Reserve Component employee, Sergeant First Class Tyler Neese.
National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) in Staples has been named one of the Top 150 Workplaces in Minnesota by the Star Tribune. The Top Workplaces special section was published in the Star Tribune on Sunday, June 26. The report can also be found at StarTribune.com/topworkplaces2016.
Speeding Tyler Jon Anderson, 20, Pillager, 77/65, fees $140. Brandon Lee Baldwin, 18, Perham, 57/45, fees $140. William Michael Case, 51, Sebeka, 65/55, fees $130. Yoeuy Chhap, 60, Long Prairie, 70/60, fees $130. Nathaniel John Dietrich, 34, Henderson, 75/55, fees $230. Kenneth Lee Durbin, 75, Pringle, S.D., 55/45, fees $130. Andrew James Israelson, 18, Staples, 64/55, fees $130. Seth Michael Kern, 22, Staples, 65/55, fees $130. Edward Oliver Leick, 61, White Bear lake, 65/55, fees $130.
Matt Wegscheid, nine, won the June Jubilee 2016 kiddie tractor pull with a pull of 54.5 feet. There were 62 participants this year. Other winners were: Three-four years Gabe Schmitz, Ryan Wegscheid and Zack Jesuit. Five years Ryder Shaw, Owen Hillukka and Mason Umland. Six years Mitchell Schmitz, Franchesca Chandler and Matyta Erkenbrack. Seven years Leland Howe, Ella Wegscheid and Alexis Randall. Eight years
June 20 • Burlington Northern Railroad was issued a citation for blocking all three crossings in town for more than 10 minutes. June 22 • Stacy Lynn Eckhoff, 45, of Staples, was issued a citation for theft-shoplifting. June 23 • Jack Kramer Allen, 48, of Wadena, was arrested for violating his conditions of release. June 26 • Shane Alan Johannessen, 32, of Wadena, was issued a citation for disorderly conduct.
The Wadena County Sheriff's Department and the Wadena Police Department are announcing a community notification for a Level Three sex offender moving within the community. Adam Levi Schultz, 23, possessed child pornography depicting minor males. The offender was not known to victims. Schultz also engaged in sexual conduct with a 9-year-old male victim. The offender used a weapon to threaten the victim and was known to the victim. Schultz is moving to the 100 block of Bryant Avenue SE in Wadena.
After the chaotic Caucus Night in 2016 across much of Minnesota, many called for fixing what clearly was a broken presidential-picking process here. Switching from a party-run caucus system to a state-run primary election for presidential candidates clearly was needed. Kudos to the Legislature for obliging with a bipartisan bill. Even more kudos to lawmakers for also preserving caucuses, giving Minnesotans the best of both systems. "It's a hybrid," Minnesota DFL Chairman Ken Martin said. "So we don't disenfranchise anyone."
A garage was damaged in a structure fire Monday afternoon, June 20 near Aldrich. The Wadena County Sheriff's Office and Verndale Fire Department responded to the report of a structure fire at 5:19 p.m. June 20. When officers arrived on scene, the garage of the home was fully engulfed in flames and sustained substantial damage. There were no injuries as a result of the fire and the cause remains under investigation.
Two women were arrested for traveling with a large amount of meth in a vehicle while transporting two children. Authorities say they pulled over the driver, Jennifer Ehrmantraut, 27, of Sebeka, during a traffic stop south of Sebeka Thursday. Police say they learned through previous investigation that Ehrmantraut sold methamphetamine in the city of Wadena. More than 40 grams of meth and a large amount of cash were found in the vehicle. Two small children were also in the vehicle during the arrest.