2/20/18: Delores Kathryn Schoonover, 78, of Virginia died. She was born July 31, 1939 in Wawina, MN, the daughter of Waino and Lempi (Hinkkanen) Siermala and was a graduate of Duluth Central High School.
10/4/17: Kirk F. Powers, 19, of Wawina, Minn., convicted of misdemeanor under 21 drinking and driving on Oct. 2, 2017. Sentenced by Judge Mark M. Starr to 90 days jail stayed, one year probation with conditions including two days jail, $385 in fines, follow recommendations of evaluation, no alcohol or controlled substance use with the exception of prescribed medications, no mood-altering chemicals, no possession of alcohol or drugs, remain law-abiding, no driver’s license violations, no driving without insurance, complete alcohol assessment within 30 days and provide proof to the courts.
12/12/16: Gary G. Bestel, 53, Wawina, second count of driving while impaired, fined $1,000 and 60 days in local confinement, time stayed on one year of probation with conditions including if defendant completes Victim Impact Panel within six months, fine will be reduced by $500; violation of a restricted driver’s license and first count of driving while impaired, dismissed.
3/17/14: EWEN, MI. - Dorothy A. "Dode" Nuorala, 79 of Ewen, MI passed away. She graduated high school in Grand Rapids, MN in 1953 and married Jarlli "Chuck" Nuorala on April 4, 1953 in Wawina, MN.
Wawina Peatland is Minnesota's southernmost example of a large patterned peat land complex, and it is the only major peat land in the Glacial Lakes Aitkin and Upham areas. It contains the best ovoid island patterns in the northeastern part of the state, along with a featureless water track. A raised bog and a crested raised bog can also be seen here. Early spring viewers may witness the dancing and booming of sharp-tail grouse.