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.
Mental health advisory meeting set for May 31
A man described by the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office as unwanted and unclothed engaged in a physical altercation with a homeowner after the homeowner found the man in the basement of an Ottertail residence Monday morning, May 23. The Sheriff's Office was notified of the incident about 7 a.m. when a resident of the home called to say a naked intruder had fought with a resident of the home and was being detained.
A man facing a felony charge for attempting to solicit a child in January was charged again this week with sex-related texting crimes. David Lee Hendershot, 45, of Wadena, was charged in Wadena County District Court with harassment/stalking with sexual intent and harassment/stalking of a victim under 18 - both felonies.
Bees have helped humans immeasurably over the years, transferring pollen and seeds from one flower to another, fertilizing the plant so it can grow and produce food. It's estimated that this cross-pollination helps at least 30 percent of the world's crops and 90 percent of wild plants to thrive. One way to look at it: One out of every three bites you put in your mouth was pollinated by honey bees. It's time to return the favor by helping the bees.
Community Dinner on tap May 31 A free community dinner will be held on Tuesday, May 31 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Wadena Christian Missionary Alliance Church in Wadena. The address is 1428 Jefferson Street South. There will be sandwiches, salads and dessert along with drinks. All are welcome to attend.
Minnesota excels at a great many things, including most elements of K-12 education. But the state falls short in a few key areas. They include abysmal graduation rates for minority students, and fewer guidance counselors per student than all but two other states. So here's an idea: fixing the latter may very well help fix the former. And that would be a sidelight, because getting more counselors into Minnesota schools would help Minnesota students of all races in direct and meaningful ways.
Colton Anderson Colton John Anderson, boy, was born on May 7 to Alisha Maruna and Kyle Anderson of Hewitt. He weighed 7 lbs., 2 oz. and was 19.5 inches long. He was delivered by Dr. Laura DuChene at Tri-County Health Care in Wadena. Proud grandparents are Steve and Penny Maruna, Mike Anderson, Melinda Spencer, and Patty Smith. Older siblings Rylan and Hadley welcome him home. Freya Grunwald
Amanda Marie Lang, 25, Sebeka, warrant: traffic violation. David Lewis Misamore, 40, Nevis, warrant: burglary. Dawn Renee Parker, 39, Wadena, warrant: property damage. Dawny Marie Stevens, 28, Moorhead, warrant: DUI. Jan Doreen Kline, 48, St. Paul, warrant: traffic violation. Zachary Taylor Thompson, 18, Park Rapids, warrant: burglary. Rachel Ella Yarwood, 25, Deer Creek, warrant: theft by swindle.