Thanks for the yard help Once again we thank the young people for raking our yard. We are unable to do it so we really appreciate it. Nick and Pat Schmitz, Wadena
Jonathan Goeden, son of Gregg and Joan Goeden of Wadena, participated in the 159th annual Commencement Ceremony at St. John's University on May 8 in the St. John's Abbey and University Church, Collegeville. Goeden is a candidate to receive a bachelor of arts in mathematics. The 2016 graduating class includes 377 undergraduate students and 22 St. John's School of Theology and Seminary graduates. When combined with the College of St. Benedict's 424 undergraduates, this year's undergraduate graduating class is 801.
A new Zoll defibrillator is now saving lives in the Emergency Department at Tri-County Health Care. The Tri-County Health Care Auxiliary, along with CaringHeart Boutique, donated the monitor/defibrillator from funds raised in the gift shop as well as through the annual Auxiliary fundraisers.
The Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council is sponsoring a new event — the Great American Story — for oral storytellers. For this inaugural year, stories are now being invited from up to 50 Minnesota storytellers. Judges will narrow the selections to four finalists who will perform the best-told stories at an event Saturday, Sept. 24 at Armory Square in Park Rapids. Entries will be ranked based on literary merit and strength of delivery. Criteria will include originality, emotional impact, strong beginning, dramatic arc and resolution.
Tyler Scott Avzaradel, 22, Fergus Falls, warrant: drug possession. Amanda Marie Rust, 25, Sebeka, warrant: contempt of court. Jeremy John Davidson, 38, Henning, warrant: domestic assault. Jeremy Scott Lehmann, 33, Wadena, warrant: contempt of court.
The Wadena County Historical Society has announced their launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation's active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2016.
The historical church at the Wadena County Fairgrounds has a new look with the completion this month of a handicapped accessible ramp for the building. The church was erected between 1903 and 1905 on the former Nils Peter Nicholson farm, located seven and a half miles north on the "Jefferson Highway," now County 127.
May 13 • Brayde Cordel Bartels, 19, of Verndale, was stopped and issued a citation for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. May 14 • Nicholas Lee Zutter, 25, of Verndale, was arrested for 3rd degree sales of a controlled substance. Zutter was transported to the Wadena County Jail.
The week of May 15-21 was National Police Week. In Aitkin, the entire community honored one of their hometown heroes — Steven Sandberg. Sandberg, 60, was killed Oct. 19, 2015 in the line of duty. He was a 24-year veteran of the Aitkin County Sheriff's Office and was a volunteer fireman.
Paul and Mary Beckel celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary May 11, 2016. They were married in Mankato and lived most of their married lives in Wadena. They have nine children, 35 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. The Beckels currently live in Florida with their son Mark and his family.