Josephine Balcer Josephine Lynn Balcer, girl, was born Oct. 19 to Jessica Irwin and Jake Balcer of Perham. She weighed 6 lbs., 13 oz. and was 19 inches long. She was delivered by Dr. Deraney at Perham Health Sanford in Perham. Grandparents are Joe and Theresa Balcer of New York Mills and Randy Atchley and Denise Irwin of Wadena.
Giving back to the community is a core cooperative principle of Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative. The Operation Round Up Program from TWEC is a way the co-op and its members give back. Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative's Community Trust Board recently met and awarded 10 Operation Round Up grants to local non-profit organizations, totaling of $7,167. The recipient organizations and their awards are as follows:
Oct. 14 • A Wadena County deputy pursued a vehicle reported to be weaving in and out of traffic eastbound on Highway 10 near Aldrich. The vehicle was gone when the deputy arrived on the scene. The vehicle was stopped later by the Staples Police Department. Oct. 15 • Suspicions were aroused when a bald male wearing a dark jacket and shorts appeared to be staggering near a vehicle that was in the ditch.
Jeffrey Brent Dailey, 31, Wadena, warrant: drug possession, DWI, traffic. Beau Adam DeVault, 31, Wadena, warrant: CSC 2-UNK ACT. Brooke Louise Johnson-Jenkins, 22, Detroit Lakes, warrant: fleeing an officer. Dustin Allen Olson, 32, Menahga, warrant: contempt of court. John Joseph Vannorman, 31, Park Rapids, warrant: traffic.
As the heating season kicks in, the Minnesota Department of Commerce and the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) encourages Minnesotans to contact their utilities now to learn more about the Cold Weather Rule that protects residential utility customers from having their heat shut off during the winter months. The rule took effect on Oct. 15 and continues through April 15, 2017.
Just shy of its 80th anniversary, Lakewood Health System officially broke ground on the expansion projects for its Staples and Pillager clinics on Monday, Oct. 10. Two ceremonies were held, one at Lakewood's main campus in Staples and the other at the Pillager clinic.
The Mahube-Otwa Community Action Partnership Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Liz Kuoppala as the new Executive Director of the Agency. Liz will replace Leah Pigatti, who is retiring after 38 years with Mahube-Otwa.
Oct. 17 Dalton Allen Beachbittner, 20, of Motley, was stopped and issued a citation for exhibition driving. Alexander Galicia De Jesus, 40, of Wadena, was stopped and issued a citation for no Minnesota driver's license. Daniel Lee Marjama, 28, of Perham, was stopped and issued a citation for driving after revocation. Oct. 19 Joshua Andrew Stansbury, 24, of Park Rapids, was arrested on a Morrison County warrant. Stansbury was transported to the Wadena County Jail. Oct. 20
Harvest festival set for Oct. 29 St. Hubert's Catholic Church will be hosting their annual harvest festival Saturday, Oct. 29 in Bluegrass from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The festival will be held in the faith formation center located on the church grounds.
A central Minnesota kitchen is now a step closer to serving hundreds of hot meals each week to area seniors, thanks in part to innovation funding from National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA). Project leaders for the Hilltop Regional Kitchen held a ceremonial groundbreaking at the former Eagle Valley High School ag/shop building to celebrate the start of the building phase there. The entire project price tag is expected to come close to $1 Million, with NJPA chipping in $100,000.