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Burn restrictions issued for northern Minnesota

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issued an air quality alert through Sunday, Aug. 19, for northern Minnesota.

BRAINERD DISPATCH - 2018-08-18 12:01:00

Weekly police report - Aug. 16 edition

Aug. 7• Adult female arrested on Otter Tail County warrant.• Adult male arrested for Fleeing a Peace Officer by Means Other Than a Motor Vehicle.Aug. 8• Adult male issued citation and arrested for Trespassing.• Issued parking ticket for Semi Parking in Residential Area.• Citation issued for Speed.Au

PERHAMFOCUS.COM - 2018-08-17 13:53:00

'Stuff the Bus' program packs smiles for kids

"What I can tell us is that we get to interact with the kids when we distribute the backpacks," Francis said. "To see the child and the look on their faces and to see how excited they are and they ask, 'Do we get to keep this? Is this for me?' they are just so excited. It's one of my favorite days o

PERHAMFOCUS.COM - 2018-08-18 17:00:01

Chaos in Battle Lake, Minn. over firecracker

Battle Lake, Minn. (Valley News Live)It was a tense situation in Battle Lake, MN Friday morning over what police thought were shots fired, but turned out to be a firecracker going off.

VALLEYNEWSLIVE.COM - 2018-08-17 12:55:00

Smokin' good time at Pig & Wing Challenge

Maybe it was the smoke from the wildfires, maybe the high humidity and temperatures, whatever it was, elements combined for one tasty Saturday at the ninth annual Pig & Wing Challenge at the Wadena County Fairgrounds.

WADENA PIONEER JOURNAL - 2018-08-17 14:58:00

Police surround Battle Lake house after male throws firecracker following exchange with neighbor

BATTLE LAKE, Minn. (KMSP)- Police in Battle Lake, Minnesota have arrested a man who admitted to lighting and throwing a firecracker after a dispute with a resident in a neighborhood Friday morning.

FOX9.COM - 2018-08-17 22:29:00

Super One rebuilding a brand new grocery store at old locati...

"They're not just a little excited," Walz said. Many have told him how excited they are about the return of a grocery store to the south side of the tracks.The announcement came as crews began demolishing the interior of the old business on Monday, Aug. 13. Loads and loads of old metal bracing, shee


Felony charges filed in dog shooting - The Fergus Falls Daily Journal

Deputies with the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported animal abuse call around 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 6 at a home on County Highway 75, north of Wadena. The call detailed abuse that had occurred over the previous weekend.


Going green: Locals hoping to add green space to commercial ...

One of those projects is planned to start soon in the old Peterson Biddick lot. The lot currently sits vacant and is gravel covered. That's a sad sight according to Wadena Housing and Redevelopment Authority board member Toby Pierce who wanted to see the entire lot planted with grass and a variety o


Long Prairie woman charged with forgery

Tamara Lynn Kingbird, 37, Long Prairie, is facing a felony check forgery charge in Morrison County District Court.The charge stems from a May 5 incident, when Kingbird allegedly purchased groceries from a Swanville store, using a check from a man in Todd County.

HOMETOWNSOURCE.COM - 2018-08-17 15:39:00

Wadena County Commission: Stipend approved for on-call services...

The request comes from a mandate from the state that child protection employees be compensated for on-call staffing. While 24-hour coverage has been provided in the past, county attorney employees have not been compensated comp time or overtime.The topic was pulled from the consent agenda to have fu


Big crowds turn out for 'Miracle Treat Day' in Perham

At the time, Co-Owner Mike Winjum and his employees were ready to celebrate DQ's annual "Miracle Treat Day" Aug. 2 along with DQ's all across the country. The "miracle" that occurred that afternoon was that no one was injured or killed.The truck had piled into the restaurant's storage and break area


Local 2018 Primary Election: Olson, Hagen look like auditor/treasurer...

Precinct election officials line up outside the Wadena County Auditor Treasurer office Tuesday night. Michael Johnson/Pioneer JournalThe 25 precincts in Wadena County let their voices be heard during the 2018 Primary Election.Wadena County's big race involved five candidates for the auditor/treasure


Around the county: Cabin break-in suspect caught

Deputies conducted a search warrant on the east side of the lake the evening of Aug. 5, found the stolen items and arrested 28-year-old Abby Noack of Grand Forks.Noack had reportedly been staying in a cabin at Swan Lake and entered a nearby cabin where the items were stolen.A homeowner woke earlier


All the 'buzz' of the fair: Beekeeper of more than 70 years to...

The Johnson building is located near Heritage Square on the east side of the fairgrounds, and is used to house the hundreds of horticulture entries that are submitted to the fair each year. By mid-afternoon Tuesday, the room was filled to the brim with local flower and produce entries of all kinds.

ECHO PRESS - 2018-08-17 10:42:00

City looks to trim $675K from 2019 budget

While members agreed it would be nice to make everyone's dreams come true, the council is faced with a $675,000 deficit in the proposed budget.


Law Enforcement Blotter: August 14-15

Driving complaint, female driving with a revoked license, has been pulled over several times, vehicle unable to locate.


Pedestrian struck by vehicle at M&H in Detroit Lakes

The Detroit Lakes Police Department responded at 2:45 p.m., assisted by the Becker County Sheriff's Office.A lone male driver was in the car that struck the elderly woman. She was placed in a neck brace and taken by ambulance to Essentia Health for examination. Leaving the scene, she appeared to be


Primary Election 2018: Taves requests recount for auditor/treasurer...

The Primary election unofficial results for the Wadena County auditor/treasurer seat showed Heather Olson by a wide margin (38.45 percent) and Hagen beating out Taves by just two votes (392 to 390) as of Tuesday night. Two candidates move on from the Primary election to the General in November.Elect


Time stands still at Old Wadena

Ray Boessel, Jr., shares details of his process in shaping the wood needed to form his traditional birch bark canoes Sunday, Aug. 12 at the Old Wadena Redezvous. Michael Johnson/Pioneer Journal