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With the community still reeling from an apparent murder/suicide that claimed the lives of two young men last week near New York Mills, on Monday authorities identified Jacob Geiser, 23 as the man they believe on July 31 fatally shot Ethan Honer, 20, and then himself. The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office (OTSCO), Karvonen and Son Funeral Home, and St. Cloud Hospital all confirmed that Geiser later passed away. A funeral notice from Karvonen and Son said he died Aug. 1.
LeRoy Rentz just got back from competing in a rodeo, although it wasn’t the sort of event most people think of when they hear the word “rodeo”. It was held at Minnesota State community college in Rochester, and the “horses” took premium diesel fuel instead of oats.
The massive fundraising effort for the upcoming wellness center in Wadena is roughly $150,000 short of projected program costs, according to a report by the Wellness Center Fundraising Committee. Groundbreaking ceremonies are planned for next month and construction bids will come in next week for the foundation and framing of the new structure, dubbed the Maslowski Wellness and Research Center.
Sebeka Police Chief Eric Swenson spoke only briefly during the public portion of the city council meeting to suspend him for 30 days last week, but in a half-hour phone interview Wednesday with the Pioneer Journal, Swenson opened up. He talked about how he’s doing following the suspension, his reflections on the incident in Huntersville that resulted in a disorderly conduct charge against him, and his future career plans.
Jacqueline Lamorris Kent of Wadena has racked up 5 felony charges and two misdemeanor charges for an incident on July 10 in which she allegedly fled police after being pulled over and led them on a high-speed chase down Jefferson Street during midday traffic before crashing the car into a commercial sign near Aldrich Avenue, according to the criminal complaint filed against her in Seventh District Court. The complaint also alleged Kent then attempted to walk away from the scene.
Although demolition crews took down the old city swimming pool on the west side of town earlier this month, memories still remain of the fun swimmers once had there over nearly 60 years of Wadena summers.
Mark Jordan Michel, 23, rural Browerville is dead as a result of injuries sustained in a one-vehicle rollover crash early Tuesday morning in Staples Township, according to a release from the Todd County Sheriff’s Office. Michel was a passenger in a 2005 Chevrolet pickup driven by Dale Czechowicz, 27, Motley when the truck rolled in a hay field in a rural area of Staples Township. Michel was was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle.
Sebeka Police Chief Eric Swenson spoke only briefly during the public portion of the city council meeting to suspend him for 30 days last week, but in a half-hour phone interview Wednesday with the Pioneer Journal, Swenson opened up. He talked about how he's doing following the suspension, his reflections on the incident in Huntersville that resulted in a disorderly conduct charge against him, and his future career plans.
Three new faces will be among Wadena Deer Creek Middle/High School sports coaching staff this year after the District 2155 School Board approved the hires at their meeting on Monday. New head girl’s tennis coach Katy Westrom replaces resigned coach Vicki Smith, new cross country coach Mike Brunsberg replaces retired coach Terry Olson and new assistant football coach Zach Martin replaces resigned coach Brian Maki, WDC Activities Director Norm Gallant said.