Both men and women in the United States are roughly an inch taller and 25 pounds heavier than they were in 1960, says the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An increasing number are also overweight or obese. And, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, hospital admissions of obese patients have tripled in the last 20 years and nationally represent nearly 10 percent of all hospital admissions. Tri-County has noticed an increase in their bariatric patients and chose to be proactive.
April 7 • A 40-year-old mentally-handicapped male with a history of seizures was reported missing. He was located on Highway 10 west of Wadena and given a ride back to his guardian. • Police discovered a man with a warrant out for his arrest was given a ride to Alexandria where he caught a ride for the Twin Cities. April 8
Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is observed each year throughout the month of April, as a way to raise public awareness about sexual violence, educate communities about the issues, and call attention to the widespread impact that sexual violence has on our communities. On April 27, Someplace Safe, along with thousands of individuals and organizations across the country, will observe Denim Day during SAAM, as a way to honor and support victims and survivors of sexual violence.
April 13 • Wadena officers were called to a domestic disturbance on the 100th block of Jefferson Street S. Upon arrival officers met with the female victim and Daniel George Uselman, 26, of Wadena. Subsequently Uselman was arrested for domestic assault he was transported to the Wadena County Jail. April 15
The Wadena County Sheriff's Office has taken several reports lately regarding concerns of possible scams. Scams have been around for many years and the intent of a scam is to steal someone's money. Don't become that "someone" and know how to protect yourself from becoming a victim. The most common scams going around are tax scams, fake check scams, reloadable card scams, computer scams, lottery scams and phishing. The Minnesota Attorney General's Office has provided information to the public on how to spot a scam. Here are some tell-tale red flags.
Freeman book signing set for April 28 Author Brian Freeman will be at the Wadena City Library on Thursday evening, April 28 at 6 p.m. Freeman is the author of ten psychological thrillers, with his newest book, Goodbye to the Dead, just released this March. Come join Freeman for a book talk about his works. A book signing will follow the talk and books will be available for purchase. Madhatters workshops slated for April 25, 27, 30
Friendly Rider has increased ridership over the last year after a few different promotions have introduced people to the local, county-funded transit. Friendly Rider promoted "Give Transit a Try" week April 4-10. The goal was to get people to try the bus and learn about the system, said Ryan Damlo, Transit Director for Wadena County Friendly Rider.
Knute Nelson Home Care and Hospice has opened a Wadena location and had its open house and ribbon cutting Friday, April 15. The Knute Nelson office is located at 315 Jefferson Street South.
Spring is here and — oh, look at that bird outside — and now is a good time to think — who is that walking by the office — about the dangerous — wow, is it 4:30 p.m. already — consequences of — what's for supper tonight — getting distracted. Annoying, isn't it? Unfortunately, distractions behind the wheel aren't just annoyances. In the blink of an eye, they can lead to crashes, injuries and deaths.
WCPH receives additional funding for elderly programs Wadena County Public Health is pleased to announce new funding in the amount of $27,000 provided by the Central Minnesota Council on Aging through federal funding from the Older Americans Act. Funding is being used to assist in providing evidenced based classes for the community, with a focus on participants age sixty and older.