Pioneer Journal Staff
A report of a casket on fire drew quick response from the Sebeka Fire Department Wednesday night. A call came in to the Wadena County Sheriff's office Wednesday, Jan. 16, of a casket on fire and the Sebeka Fire Department was paged to the scene at the corner of County Road 26 and 9, at the West Lyons Cemetery northeast of Bluegrass.
Sentenced Christopher Robert Otto Malcolm, 47, Verndale, possession of drug paraphernalia, $140 fee; marijuana in motor vehicle, $150 fee. Zackry G. Meidinger, 25, Verndale, violate domestic abuse no contact order, $590 fee, stay 335 days for two years, two years adult supervised probation. Andrew W. Goeden, 37, Verndale, felony theft, $900 fine and $12,996.35 in restitution, 17 months in correctional facility, five years adult supervised probation.
Nine Wadena-Deer Creek High School band students took part in the 2019 Northwest Minnesota Band Directors Association (NWMBDA) Honor Band Festival on Saturday, Jan. 12 at Fergus Falls High School. Selected to participate in the band festival included: grade 12: Sophie Kreklau, trombone; grade 11: Lucas Hinojos, trumpet; and Zach Meeks, tuba; grade 10: Emma Bushinger, trumpet; and Elliot Doyle, percussion; grade 9: Johanna Brunsberg, flute: grade 8: Kayla Meeks, baritone; and Ella Stroeing, trumpet; and grade 7: Addison Block, clarinet.
Wadena County Sheriff's Office Jan. 4 • Scam reported. Female party mailed a check to Louisiana for $1,899. Female stopped the check. • An employee at a call center reported receiving calls from male party threatening to burn down the call center and harm staff. The male party had purchased therapy lights and was attempting to return them. Officers responded and the male party was cooperative at his residence. Jan. 7
A donation shortfall over the winter holidays is prompting the American Red Cross to issue an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to give now to prevent a blood shortage from continuing throughout winter and affecting patient care. The Red Cross collected more than 27,000 fewer blood and platelet donations the weeks of Christmas and New Year's than needed to sustain a sufficient blood supply.
The Tri-County Health Care Emergency Medical Services will host an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic course beginning Monday, Jan. 28, through May 4. It will be held Monday and Thursday nights, with some Saturdays possible, from 6 - 10 p.m. at Tri-County Health Care in Wadena.
Wadena-Deer Creek seniors Sophie Kreklau and Wyatt Hamann were recently selected for the AAA Award. The AAA award recognizes top high school seniors who have excelled in academics, arts, and athletics.
Two were arrested on drug, fleeing and reckless driving charges following a high-speed chase involving drugs and cash in Verndale.
Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative's (TWEC) Board of Directors has appointed Kristine Spadgenske to its board, effective Jan. 1. Spadgenske was appointed to fill Director Norman Krause's seat due to his retirement. "Kristine brings a lot of experience in leadership roles in her community as well as in the dairy industry. She has experience on cooperative boards and is excited to learn about the electric utility business," said Mike Thorson, TWEC Board Chair.
Minnesota State Community and Technical College has named 636 students to its President's List for the 2018 Fall Semester. Area students named to the M State President's List are: Bertha: Nicole Bond. Bluffton: Te'a Roberts. Hewitt: Franchesca Bakken, Brandy Schmitz.