Speeding Cody Robert Colemer, 23, Valley City, 55/45, fees $130. Keely Arlene Lucille McDonald, 23, Pinckneyville, Ill., 50/40, fees $130. Steven Scott Miller, 57, Buffalo, 65/55, fees $130. Steven Wayne Sogla, 61, Trail, 65/55, fees $130. Faith Love Widman, 75, Pine River, 74/55, fees $150. Traffic Court Devan Michael Christianson, 25, Wadena, ATV operation on road, fees $140. Crystal Marie Dugger, 35, St. Paul, driving after revocation, adult probation (one year), fees $100.
Staples' Ashley Smith couldn't wait to go to Washington, D.C. As the winner of the Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative Youth Tour trip, Smith was one of 40 Minnesota students to take part in the NRECA (National Rural Electric Cooperative Association) Youth Tour, which included 1,700 students from across the country. And it was everything she hoped it would be. "It was the best week of my life!" Smith said when she got home after the week-long trip in June. "I made friends that will last a lifetime, as will the memories of this trip."
Harry Potter is casting a spell, again, over the publishing industry. Nine years after the publication of the seventh and last book in the best-selling boy wizard series, pre-orders for the script of a new, sold-out London play is the most pre-ordered book since 2007 in the United States. An Open Book in Wadena is having a party Saturday night to celebrate the new book. Festivities start at 10 p.m. with the book officially going on sale at midnight.
Vacation Bible School slated for Aug. 1-5 Wadena Alliance Church will be holding Vacation Bible School Aug. 1-5 from 9 am to 12 noon. VBS is open for children three years through sixth grade. Cave Quest will follow VBS.
July 14 • At 12:39 a.m. it was reported that a dark-colored SUV, parked behind the Sebeka Clinic, sped off toward Highway 71 when the occupants spotted the complainant's vehicle. Two loud bangs were heard near the clinic. • A man making a 911 call told the dispatcher, "they have a history" before hanging up. July 15 • A caller reported her sister took 15 prescription pills and was driving around in Otter Tail County. The sister was located and taken to Tri-County Health Care.
July 18 • Curtis Jason Phipps, 39, of Wadena, was stopped and issued a citation for driving after revocation. • Marlette Caroline Leitch, 24, of Verndale, was stopped and issued a citation for no Minnesota driver's license. July 19 • Shane Anthony Spicer, 43, of Wadena, was stopped and issued a citation for driving after revocation. July 20
An 18-year-old Ottertail man is accused of criminal sexual conduct in Otter Tail County District Court, according to a criminal complaint. The complaint states that Wyatt Kenneth Heidegger allegedly engaged in sexual contact with a preteen girl Thursday evening at a Fergus Falls home. She reportedly told him to stop the acts, and he complied after being told to stop several times. Heidegger has been charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct for the alleged act and fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct for reportedly doing the act without consent.
Kassidy Rice was promoted to Manager of Education Solutions at National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) in Staples. Rice joined NJPA in the summer of 2013 as an Education Consultant, with an excitement for supporting schools in empowering all students to achieve academic success. She strongly believes that great educators make the biggest difference in a child's educational career and she seeks to support teachers and administrators in growing towards excellence.
While Minnesotans may have taken their well-deserved vacations and Fourth of July holiday, their leaders are still giving them reason to be annoyed as they wait for the governor and Legislature to come to agreement on a special session. Gridlock on solving very key and basic issues of tax relief and bonding have given Minnesotans reason to be unhappy during their happy season. Summer is the time for all to kick back, reflect on the hard work that was accomplished earlier in the year and enjoy the progress made by our above average leaders.
A West Fargo woman was hurt Friday, July 22, in a two-vehicle crash in Otter Tail County, according to the Minnesota Highway Patrol. Jodi Olstad, 24, suffered injuries that were not life-threatening, the patrol said. Olstad, who was wearing a seat belt, was treated at a hospital in Perham. The crash happened shortly before 11:15 a.m. on Minnesota Highway 78. Olstad was driving a 2015 Kia Optima and was trying to turn east on County Road 54 from Highway 78 when the Kia rear-ended a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, the patrol said.