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After years of service as the Wadena Police Department’s first female officer, Naomi Plautz is about make local history again as she becomes its first female chief July 30. Plautz was unanimously chosen by the Wadena City Council to become interim chief once the term of retiring current chief Bruce Uselman expires.
An excavator piloted by Jeff Stevens of Wadena Hide and Fur helps demolish the Wadena City Pool July 12. Also helping with the demolition was TJ Waln Excavating and Hauling. If you have any special memories of the old pool, let us know! Email firstname.lastname@example.org , call (218) 631-2561 or stop by our office on Jefferson Street South.
Chief of the Sebeka Police Department Eric Swenson has been suspended with pay by the city following his citation for domestic assault, which may violate Swenson’s probation for a prior misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. Sebeka Deputy Mayor Lowell Stewart said Monday that Swenson was suspended on the advice of Sebeka City Attorney Jeff Pederson until “resolution of the issues that are on the table.” Another Sebeka city official said that a special city council meeting was scheduled for 6 p.m.
Parking can frustrate even the coolest of heads when trying to find a spot on a busy street while the clock is ticking. During Tuesday’s Wadena City Council meeting, the council members spent over an hour dealing with their own parking problem -- just not the kind most citizens face.
Following a single-vehicle rollover crash June 25 west of Highway 71 in which authorities said alcohol and speed were contributing factors, Todd County Sheriff Pete Mikkelson said that local and state authorities are currently attempting to determine who the driver of the vehicle was, and criminal charges are likely once that person is conclusively identified. The three occupants of the car, all from Wadena, were Adam Johnson, 22, Travis Petro, 22, and Lisa Rudrud, 23.
Chief Bruce Uselman of the Wadena Police Department said Monday that the WPD has evidence related to the string of burglary cases reported last month. Uselman said the evidence is currently being analyzed by the crime lab at the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, but he could not describe the specific nature of the item or items being analyzed out of concern for the ongoing investigation.
Wayne Maroney was a man who worked and had fun with the same energy. He was a volunteer fireman, small business owner, city councilmember and mayor. He was a carpenter, golfer and bowler. He loved Wadena, the city where he was born. More importantly, he loved the family he raised there and the wife who helped him do it.
A rider holds on to a bucking-horse June 29 in front of a capacity crowd at the brand new grandstand during the rodeo at the Wadena County Fair.
A World War II-era T-6 training aircraft taxis past the crowd June 29 during the Wings and Wheels Over Wadena Fly-In at the Wadena Municipal Airport.
5 Years Ago Excerpts from the June 12, 2008 Pioneer Journal • Bradley gets 18 years for murder Thorpe Bradley, who was found guilty of unintentional murder on April 2 in Wadena, was sentenced Tuesday to 18 years in prison.