At the August VFW Post 3922 meeting funding for the Teacher of the Year program was cut. It terminated promoting the program in the Wadena community and school. Rotary Club members who were at their meeting on July 25 and the Elks Lodge members who were at their meeting on July 26 and took a TOY nominating form may still nominate a teacher. I will submit those nominations and any others I receive through Menahga VFW Post 6206 for consideration. Jimmy White, Wadena
MNsure's broker enrollment center initiative will continue into its fifth year, with 14 broker agencies across Minnesota. The selected agencies provide and staff convenient walk-in sites for residents of surrounding communities. Face-to-face assistance from MNsure certified brokers is available. Selected sites will combine marketing efforts to encourage Minnesotans to visit the walk-in sites throughout the open enrollment period, Nov. 1, 2018, to Jan. 13, 2019.
The Wadena VFW Post 3922 and its Auxiliary are again sponsoring the annual Patriot's Pen and Voice of Democracy essay/scholarship contests for students in Bertha-Hewitt, Sebeka, Staples-Motley, Verndale and Wadena-Deer Creek Schools; home-school students are also invited to enter their age-appropriate contest. Entries must be submitted to school contact persons by Tuesday, Oct. 23.
A patriotic service will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11 at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Wadena. The service is to honor and pray for all who have fallen and those who still serve. All police, deputies, troopers, firefighters, first responders, attorneys, legal professionals, physicians, nurses, health care workers, paramedics, EMTs and their families are invited to join the fourth annual Red, White and Blue Service. The service is sponsored by Wadena area churches and the public is welcome!
Tri-County Health Care will host its monthly Grief Support Group on Tuesday, Sept. 4, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Wesley Conference Room at Tri-County Health Care in Wadena. The group's purpose is to offer understanding, suggestions for coping, support, friendship and hope to bereaved adults. Anyone who has experienced a loss is invited to attend. The group meets the first Tuesday of each month. For more information, contact Tri-County Health Care's Medical Social Services at (218) 631-5228 or visit TCHC.org.
Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning will open its fall series with "Tales from a Real CSI-We're Not Acting!" from 1-2:30 p.m., Sept. 4 at Park Theatre in Park Rapids. Janet Nelson, Retired BCA Special Agent and crime scene team member, will talk about the work at a real crime scene and maybe poke a little fun at the "As Seen on TV" crime scene. She'll consider questions such as: • Can we really get DNA results in an hour? • How do we get the job done in high heels and tight jeans?
The Wadena Police Department signed a complaint on, Michael Robert Flynn, 59, of Wadena, for threats of violence and domestic assault for an incident that occurred on Aug. 17. Flynn remains in custody at the Wadena County Jail. Aug. 20 • Jon Paul Hataway, 33, of Memphis, Tenn., was stopped and issued a citation for speeding. • Michael Thomas Goldie, 51, of Wadena, was issued a citation for a dog ordinance violation. Aug. 21
Kristie Danyelle Bradford, 43, Wadena, warrant: theft by swindle. Erik Alexander Burtt, 25, Menahga, warrant: failure to register as sex offender. Chelsea Leann Haddock, 25, Wadena, warrant: theft by swindle. Maxine Helen Nicol, 71, Mahnomen, warrant: contempt of court. Antoinette Samantha Stone, 23, Sawyer, warrant: probation violation.
Aug. 17 • Police were informed that a forklift was left with its lights on at a construction site. An officer checked on the forklift and found that it was secure in the building, though it did have its lights on. Because the building was locked, the officer left the forklift the way it was.
More than 140 photos from the Picturing the Good Life project will be on display at the Wadena County Museum until the end of August. They represent the work of both non-professional and professional photographers. The impetus for this project was to find photographs that represented the Wadena region in the finest possible light.