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The Wadena County Sheriff's Department and the Wadena Police Department are announcing a community notification for a Level Three Sex Offender moving into the community on Oct. 1. Christopher Austin Sharp, 28, will reside at the 200 block of 1st Street Southwest, Wadena. Sharp has a history of sexual contact with three female victims (two age 14-15 and one adult). Contact included sexual touching and penetration. Sharp was known to victims.
Motorists on Highway 106 near New York Mills and Deer Creek will encounter a detour between Deer Creek and Highway 10 beginning Thursday, July 5, as a 7-mile construction project begins. The detour follows Highway 29, Otter Tail County Road 75 and Highway 10. Local access will be maintained for those who live along the project area. The project is expected to take approximately three months to complete, weather permitting.
A new queen began her reign Sunday night. Ellie Miron was crowned Miss Wadena 2018 at the Miss Wadena pageant, held at Wadena-Deer Creek Middle/High School this year due to construction at the Memorial Auditorium. Eight contestants were vying for the crown and title.
Approximately 30 firefighters from the Verndale Volunteer Fire Department and the Wadena Volunteer Fire Department were called out to a house fire Wednesday night.
The Wadena Police Department is enforcing a temporary restriction on street parking today. Cars will not be allowed to park on Jefferson Street from the intersection of Aldrich Ave. to Dayton Ave. beginning at 1:30 p.m. The restriction will be enforced on both sides of Jefferson Street due to the Wadena-Deer Creek School homecoming parade. The restriction will remain in place until 3 p.m. Please do not park on Jefferson during this time.
20 years ago Excerpts from the Sept. 4, 1997 Pioneer Journal Hand recovered in river
No agreement was reached in the Antonio St. Marie murder case and plans are being made to proceed with a trial. In a settlement conference July 12 at the Wadena County courthouse, attorneys for the state and the defendant came before Seventh Judicial District Judge Robert Raupp to inform him that they were unable to come to an agreement, which would have avoided a jury trial.
The Wadena County fair began Wednesday night and will run through Saturday evening. Visitors near and far enjoyed the carnival games and rides Friday despite the cloudy weather.
WDC Schools hosted a send-off for the track and field athletes competing at State this weekend. Several Wadena citizens, WDC staff and kids from Kids' Club met with the five athletes Thursday afternoon. The athletes were given t-shirts to celebrate earning a spot at State. The school provided a treat basket with bananas and granola bars. There were balloons and signs decorated by the kids, who made a tunnel and gave high fives to the athletes.
A send-off the the WDC athletes competing in the Class A State Track and Field competition will take place Thursday, June 8 at 1 p.m. at WDC Middle/High School. Five athletes will compete at Hamline University in St. Paul Friday and Saturday. The 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams of Konnor Stueve, Jonathan Pantages, Bereket Loer and Joshua Daigneault will run in preliminary events Friday afternoon. Stueve will also compete in the 100 meter dash while loer will compete in the 200 meter dash. Daigneault will compete in the 400 meter run.