The Kalevala Puppet Pageant, with two weeks of workshops for kids, is wrapping up this week. Workshops in puppet-building, stilting, and puppetry continue through Friday, Aug. 18, culminating in two performances in New York Mills and Perham. The show, entitled Väinämöinen and the Golden Goose, celebrates the inclusion of the Goose Gang as a second venue and partner in producing the 9th Annual Puppet Pageant.
Jode Freyholtz London, Executive Director of Wellness In The Woods, has been awarded the 2017 Rural Health Hero award by the Minnesota Department of Health Office of Rural Health and Primary Care. In the Moorhead area, Freyholtz London has presented trainings in Mental Health First Aid, a day long training on how to respond to anyone struggling with a mental illness and QPR, an hour long suicide prevention training geared towards the general community.
Erik Alexander Burtt, 24, Menahga, warrant: sex offender registry. Zachary Taylor Thompson, 20, Park Rapids, warrant: probation violation.
July 31 • Rhonda Rae Mcmanigle, 49, of Wadena, was issued a citation for failing to yield after being involved in a motor vehicle accident. • Caleb John Ament, 18, of Sebeka, was stopped and issued a citation for exhibition driving. Aug. 1 • Barbara Andy Miller, 20, of Bertha, was issued a citation for using a wireless device while driving after being involved in a motor vehicle accident. • Gary Lee Robinson, 33, of Wadena, was stopped and issued a citation for driving after suspension. Aug. 2
U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan will run for his seventh term in Congress next year, he said Thursday. The DFLer from Crosby needs to appeal to the voters of an 8th Congressional District that overwhelmingly chose President Donald Trump in last year's election. A recent series of congressional town hall meetings hosted by Nolan encouraged him to think he can do it, he said. Nolan also found support during the campaign season. He named the dedicated infrastructure of campaign volunteers and contributions as a reason that pushed him to run again.
July 27 • A caller who had not had contact with a 93-year-old female since July 14 asked the Wadena Sheriff's office to perform a welfare check. A deputy found no one at the woman's residence. The day's mail was in the mailbox, the rest was stacked on a table in the home. • A complainant who was watching a woman's home while she was away said he found a door jam split into pieces. He was unsure if any property from the home was missing but agreed the home should be put on the sheriff's watch list. July 28
The Wadena Area Chamber of Commerce has been awarded a grant in the amount of $8,000 from Region 5 Branding Project funded by the National Joint Powers Alliance. The grant "Picturing the Good Life" will fund the creation of images that portray "The Good Life" in the Wadena area.
Success breeds more success. Region 5, located in North Central Minnesota, has a reputation of successful growth and vibrant economic development. And today, the Region 5 Economic Development Commission announces the launch of "The Good Life" website to promote the five counties of Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena and the exceptional quality of life accompanying this region.
Poetry Walk at Green Island features work of Lina Belar through Aug. 15 The poetry of Lina Belar is now being featured on a Poetry Walk at Green Island Preserve. A selection of 11 short poems, mostly about nature, are mounted at intervals along one of the trails at Green Island. The poems will be on display through Aug. 15.
This weekend on a scenic bluff overlooking the Crow Wing River, the sights, sounds and smells of a bygone era will once again come alive during the Old Wadena Society's 27th annual Rendezvous and Folklife Festival. Held each year at the Old Wadena County Park, located just north of Staples, the event features a mix of re-enactors staging an authentic gathering of trappers or muzzle-loading "buck skinners" along with a variety of folk music and demonstrations of folk arts, including a blacksmith, wreath making, rope braiding, pottery and several other similar crafts.