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.
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.
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 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.
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.