Several area high school students were among the 44 students from Region 5 honored by National Joint Powers Alliance at its 27th annual Student Recognition Banquet, Wednesday, April 11 at Madden's Resort in Brainerd. The annual event celebrates area students as Rising Stars. Each was selected by his or her respective school staff, with the criteria they are "unsung heroes" of their district—the behind-the-scenes students with little, if any, recognition.
Book Ends, monthly meet-the-author event in Wadena, welcomes Minnesota novelist Kathleen Novak on April 14. Novak is a native Minnesotan from Iron Range country and set her novel Rare Birds in a town reminiscent of Hibbing. The setting in her second novel Do Not Find Me alternates between a cabin in northern Minnesota and New York City. Novak writes with one foot planted firmly on both locales.
Northern Lights Chorale will be performing their spring concert April 22 at 3 p.m. at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Sebeka. They will perform a second concert April 22 at 7 p.m. at Karvonen Chapel in Wadena, 419 2nd Street NE., two blocks east of Tri-County Hospital. Enjoy your neighbors, friends and relatives sharing their passion for music with you. New singers are welcome to the next concert season in September. Refreshments will be served after the free concerts.
Each April, Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is observed throughout the United States to raise awareness of sexual violence. Sexual violence, while prevalent in our society, is not just a national issue. It unfortunately affects many individuals in our local communities as well. In fact, over the past year, Someplace Safe assisted nearly 260 victims of sexual violence and exploitation, as well as the family, friends, and support systems of these individuals.
A man reaching for a dropped cell phone crashed on Highway 29 Sunday afternoon. The man, identified as Jonathan Beau Haase, 34, Williston, N.D., was driving southbound on Highway 29 in the area of 260th St. when he reached for his cell phone on the floor of his vehicle. The vehicle crossed over the northbound lane down into the east ditch hitting an approach causing the vehicle to launch into the air. The vehicle struck a tree before coming to rest. Haase was transported to Tri County Medical with non life threatening injuries.
The Minnesota Ambulance Association honored Renee Miller, a paramedic with Tri-County Health Care's Emergency Medical Services (EMS), with a Star of Life award at its annual award ceremony on March 20. The award recognizes ambulance professionals who made significant contributions in service to their communities or the EMS profession. Miller was one of 18 EMS members who received the 2018 award, and she is only the second EMS member at Tri-County to receive this award.
Four students at Minnesota State Community and Technical College have been named to the All-Minnesota Academic Team in recognition of their leadership, campus involvement and community service. The four are among 49 two-year college students in the state honored at a luncheon at College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph on Friday, April 6. The academic program is sponsored annually by Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society for two-year colleges, USA Today and the American Association of Community Colleges.
The Tri-County Health Care Foundation recently awarded a $1,295 grant to Sebeka Fire and Rescue for the purchase of a Zoll ResQCPR System. After receiving the device, all 19 first responders/firefighters of Sebeka Fire and Rescue attended a training hosted by a Zoll representative.
March 29 • When a deputy stopped a driver for speeding he produced a German driver's license which the deputy was unable to read or run. The deputy issued him a warning. March 31 • A domestic incident involving one male head-butting another was reported but the caller was very uncooperative with dispatch.
April 3 • Joseph Lee Swain, 28, of Hewitt, was arrested on a Stearns County warrant. Swain was booked into the Wadena County Jail. April 5 • Amanda Rae Leeper, 25, of Wadena, was arrested for domestic assault. Leeper was transported to the Morrison County Jail. The Wadena Police Department answered 78 calls for service this past week.