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No injuries in house fire Wednesday night

Approximately 30 firefighters from Verndale Volunteer Fire Department and Wadena Volunteer Fire Department were called out to a house fire Wednesday night. The fire started at approximately 7:56 p.m. in the garage of the home, located at 804 6th Street SW in Wadena. The owner of the home, identified

WADENA PIONEER JOURNAL - 2018-03-22 03:56:24

'I accept my punishment': St. Marie sentenced to life in prison without parole

Life in prison without the possibility of release. That was just one of the sentences handed down by Judge Robert Raupp Thursday afternoon to convicted murderer Antonio Eugene St. Marie. He was found guilty on seven counts including counts of first-degree murder and kidnapping on Jan. 19 for the cri

WADENA PIONEER JOURNAL - 2018-03-22 19:46:44

Wadena County Board: Human Services restructuring, handling more child welfare intakes

Wadena County Human Services will be undergoing internal restructuring, according to Human Services Director Tanya Lesky. Pam Jenson will be retiring June 1. Jenson currently handles multiple functions, including human resources, administrative duties and financial assistance supervising. Upon Jenso


City of Detroit Lakes, Wadena involved in possible 'drive-by' ADA lawsuits

The cities of Perham, Wadena and Detroit Lakes could be the latest victims in what some believe is a 'drive-by' lawsuit; in other words, lawsuits in which an attorney and/or their clients grab onto a certain type of case and seek to apply it up and down the road they travel. In this instance, the ci

PERHAMFOCUS.COM - 2018-03-22 16:37:00

Woman injured in rollover on icy highway near New York Mills

NEW YORK MILLS, Minn. - A New York Mills woman was hurt when the vehicle she was driving spun out and rolled into the median on U.S. Highway 10 at 7:38 a.m. Tuesday, March 20, the Minnesota State Patrol said. Grace Elizabeth Jenson, 27, was driving a 2004 Buick Rainier eastbound on U.S. Highway 10 b


Letter: Wadena should witness for all faiths

In the Pioneer Journal article on Zeus it was fascinating to see him referred to as an actual deputy for the Wadena County Sheriff's Office. It was also interesting that he had been named after one of the most powerful gods in human history. This can be mentioned because god has become a subject of


Man injured after turkey goes through windshield in Wadena County

police lights (Source: Midwest Communications) Wadena County, MN (KFGO) - A Nevis, Minnesota man was injured after a turkey went through the windshield of the pickup he was riding in. The Minnesota State Patrol says Sunday afternoon the pickup was southbound on Highway 71 near Menahga when the turk


Physician assistant joins TCHC ReadyCare team

Tri-County Health Care recently added Crystal Haskin, certified physician assistant, to its ReadyCare team in Wadena. Haskin specializes in family medicine. Haskin graduated in 2014 from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and graduated in 2017 from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona,


Police search for driver after fatal pedestrian crash in Alexandria, Minn.

ALEXANDRIA, Minn. (KMSP) - One man is dead after being struck by a car while walking down 34th Avenue in Alexandria, Minn., while police are seeking the public's help in locating a suspect. The incident happened at some point between 10:15 p.m. and 10:40 p.m. Monday night, killing 26-year-old Travi

FOX9.COM - 2018-03-21 01:18:00

Groundwater sampling planned for Wadena County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will collect and analyze water samples from about 90 wells in Wadena County this spring. The data are being collected for the Wadena County Geologic Atlas, Part B (hydrogeology). The results build on the Part A (geology) information, which was produced b


Brainerd School District: 'A difficult school year': Brainerd school discuss mental health services

The Brainerd High School lost two students this school year to death by suicide, and Forestview Middle School has seen an increase in suicidal concerns among all its students in fifth through eighth grades. "We have had a difficult school year," BHS Principal Andrea Rusk said Monday at a Brainerd Sc


Little Falls man dies in car crash

A Little Falls man was pronounced dead this morning, Wednesday, March 14, at the scene of an auto crash north of Little Falls. Morrison County Sheriff Shawn Larsen said his office received a call about the two-vehicle crash at 7:44 a.m. Deputies responded and determined that a GMC Sierra truck drive


Traffic stop leads to heroin seizure

MOTLEY-A traffic stop resulted in the seizure of heroin and the arrest of a 34-year-old Red Lake woman Saturday in Morrison County. The Morrison County Sheriff's Office reported at 5:47 p.m. Saturday, a deputy was patrolling the city of Motley and observed a traffic violation. A traffic stop was con


Murder-suicide raises questions about elder abuse

Three days before Isabella "Bella" Sanders died, she told two friends and personal representative Michael Callahan that she wished to donate $25,000 to Partners for Pianos. At that time, the non-profit group was raising $48,000 to buy a grand piano and a smaller, upright studio piano for the Park Ra


City council votes to hold closed meeting April 3

The Wadena City Council made plans at the end of their March 13 session to hold a closed meeting on the question of purchasing a parking lot in downtown Wadena. The decision to set up a 5 p.m. closed meeting April 3 in the council chambers came after several downtown businesses asked for help in pro


WDC students participate in National Walkout Day

Approximately 100 Wadena-Deer Creek students took part in the National Walkout Day Wednesday morning. The event was held one month after the Feb. 14 tragedy occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Seventeen students and faculty members were killed that day by a 19-year-old


Freightliner driver injured in collision in Wadena

The driver of a 2016 Freightliner semi-truck was transported by ambulance to the Tri County Health Care emergency room with non-life threatening injuries Friday morning in Wadena after colliding with a 2013 Chrysler Newport Town and Country van. According to a Minnesota Department of Public Safety c