SAUK CENTER, MINN. -- A judge has rejected a plea agreement in the case of a 42-year-old Sauk Centre woman accused of hitting a 23-month-old toddler with her car while driving drunk in Alexandria. Becky Lynn Laforge agreed to plead guilty to one of the three charges – criminal vehicular operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm while driving with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 or more within two hours of the crash, which is a gross misdemeanor.
Arya Harper Arya Loraine Harper, girl, was born Feb. 28 to Krista Conklin and Richard Harper of Wadena. She weighed 6 lbs., 7 oz. and was 19 inches long. She was delivered by Dr. Kailey Witt at Perham Health in Perham. Grandparents are Tracey Roberts of New York Mills, Brian Rehm of Henning and Lori Harper of Wadena. Great-grandparents are Loraine Rehm of Hewitt, Texas and Arlene Beane of Wadena.
Nashville-based singer/songwriter and Waconia native Jenn Bostic, returns to the Midwest to show off her voice, pianistic abilities and guitar. She takes the stage at Memorial Auditorium Friday, March 17 as part of the Wadena Area Concert Association series. The curtain rises on this concert at 7:30 p.m. Bostic performance will feature a blend of familiar tunes along with her own compositions, including "Jealous of the Angels," which won her five awards at the 2012 Country Music Association Awards.
Wadena-Deer Creek FFA member Jezebel Snyder recently attended FFA Day at the Minnesota State Capitol, along with members of the Staples-Motley FFA Chapter. FFA members first attended a general session on capitol protocol, legislative training, and general information at the Minnesota Department of Revenue Building. The delegation from WDC and Staples then visited Rep. Tim Miller before sitting in on the Agriculture Finance Committee meeting. Students heard testimony on financing from the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
Feb. 24 A complainant alleged she was being threatened in text messages and phone calls by her two granddaughters. The Wadena Police Department investigated a report there were several people smoking and passing something around on the 100 block of Dayton Avenue SW at 12:23 a.m. A building at the location was checked but nothing was found. A check on a vehicle at 8th Street and Greenwood in Wadena found a woman who was hunched over looking at her phone while her boyfriend was buying another vehicle. Feb. 25
Shawnee Nichole Basswood, 29, Detroit Lakes, warrant: traffic violation. Lawrence Neil Haapala, 53, Menahga, warrant: misc. Public. Alysha Rochelle Hayes, 27, Minneapolis, warrant: traffic violation. Jeremy Alan Holder, 29, Verndale, warrant: traffic violation. Mark Allan Lepper, 58, Sebeka, warrant: traffic violation. Bradley Miles Livingston, 48, Menahga, warrant: assault. Steven Todd Mcdaniel, 40, Wadena, warrant: DWI. Craig Alan Niemi, 50, Grand Marais, warrant: contempt of court.
TELLICO PLAINS, Tenn. — A Minnesota father's search to find his missing daughter is over. A private investigator has confirmed six-year-old Claire Cooney has been found in Tellico Plains, about 60 miles southwest of Knoxville, Tenn. Her father, Brian Cooney of Perham, hadn't seen his daughter in over a month. Claire was allegedly taken by Cooney's estranged wife, Miranda Cooney, and her partner Jonathan Broman. Claire was found at 4:30 p.m. in Tellico Plains after a store owner spotted the couple from a flyer.
Tri-County Health Care has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). MRI is a noninvasive medical test that utilizes magnetic fields to produce anatomical images of internal body parts to help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.
The following students have been named to the 2016 fall semester Dean's List at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities: Menahga Elizabeth Anderson Staples Paige Melse Wadena Paige Hartman Madeleine Hinojos To qualify for the Dean's List, a student must complete 12 or more letter-graded credits while attaining a 3.66 grade point average.
Old Country Church screening 'I'm Not Ashamed' March 11 The Old Country Church will screen "I'm Not Ashamed," the film about Rachel Joy Scott, Columbine High School Student. Scott grew up knowing the love of god but wasn't always ready to receive it. At times her faith was strong, but other times she found it at odds with her daily life. Based on a true story, the film follows her renewed commitment and how it played out at her high school and around the world.