Wadena dodged a bomb with train derailment Wadena dodged a bullet. Wait! I really mean we dodged a "bomb" when the BNSF train derailed just west of town last week. Fortunately, the rail cars were mostly empty and the train wasn't one of those rolling pipelines that have become so frequent lately. With train traffic doubling on the main line that runs through this area, a wreck was bound to happen. I know the BNSF section crews and inspectors are working every day to prevent accidents but the sheer volume of railcars is putting a huge strain on the tracks.
All Americans deserve to live long and full lives, and every child should have the chance to seize his or her future. But throughout our nation, too many lives are tragically cut short in traffic crashes involving drunk, drugged, or distracted driving. Impaired driving not only puts the driver at risk - it threatens the lives of passengers and all others who share the road, and every year it causes the deaths of thousands of loved ones.
Devon Chris Jean Aberle, 21, Dent, warrant: drug possession. Amy Lynn Hunter, 33, Walker, warrant: DWI. David James Loeffler, 30, Vergas, warrant: disorderly conduct, domestic assault. Gary Lee Robinson, 30, Wadena, warrant: dog at large. Kyla Marie Bergmann, 20, Wadena, warrant: contempt of court. Robert Floyd Jeffrey, 29, Maple Grove, warrant: traffic violation. David Michael Sepanski, 18, Wadena, warrant: traffic violation. Josephine Lee Snyder, 31, Park Rapids, warrant: check forgery.
Perham Health has announced that Sonda Tolle, DNP, RN, has assumed the position as Vice President of Patient Services, overseeing the medical, surgical, emergency department, surgery, Family Birth Center and EMS services. Tolle assumed her new position Nov. 1 upon the retirement of Bonnie Johnson, who retired from the healthcare system after 44 years of employment. Tolle brings a breadth of nursing and leadership experience to her new post. She started her nursing journey in 1985 in the long-term care field upon receiving her Bachelor of Science degree.
Speeding Sarah Jo Brausen, 25, Detroit Lakes, 65/55, fees $130. Jonathon Ray Hornby, 51, Colorado Springs, Colo., 65/55, fees $130. Traffic Court Eric Robert Benson, 24, Prior Lake, failure to display ATV registration, fees $115. Jacob Charles Cox, 22, Coon Rapids, failure to display ATV registration, fees $115. Alexandria Amelia Donath, 23, St.
South Country Health Alliance recently awarded $2,990,347 to 17 organizations, supporting initiatives focused on improving the health of South Country members and addressing community social determinants of health. The following organizations were selected for grant funding: • Apple Tree Dental • City of Wadena • Fernbrook Family • Goodhue County Health and Human Services • New Ulm Medical Center • Owatonna Hospital/Allina Health • Sibley County Developmental Achievement Center, Inc. • Sibley County Public Health and Human Services • Southeastern Minnesota Area Agency on Aging, Inc.
Community meal dates set for 2015 During the past three months, representatives from many of Wadena's churches have met three times to explore and plan a free community meal, hopefully once a month. The result of those meetings is that there will be a meal for most months of the coming year on the last Tuesday of the month. The first of these will be held at St. Ann's Catholic Church on Tuesday, Dec. 30 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Some 28 Wadena-Deer Creek High School students in grades 7-12 tried out for this year's one-act production called, "The Chair Play." According to One-Act Play Director, Jay Patterson, The Chair Play is "an uproariously funny comedy using chairs that discusses the deadly nature of war."
Dec. 4 • A caller reported a dog fell through ice on a river south of Wadena and was swept under the ice. Since there was no open water to the south of his residence he advised the sheriff's office there was nothing they could do and requested no response. Dec. 5 • A woman allegedly working for a Humane Society based in Alexandria reported poor living conditions at a rural Wadena County home where a child was in residence. A deputy investigated the complaint.
On Wednesday, Dec. 3 Joshua William Butcher, 20, of Wadena, was stopped and cited for violation of a restricted license-misdemeanor and no proof of insurance-driver-misdemeanor. On Monday, Dec. 8 Rebecca Lynn Allen, 41, of Sebeka, was stopped and cited for driving after revocation-misdemeanor. On Thursday, Dec. 11 Jennifer Alisha Dahmen, 44, of Wadena, was arrested on a Wadena County warrant for failure to appear on citation for driving after revocation-misdemeanor. On Thursday, Dec.