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Photo provided by Dana Pavek Dr. Virginia Dahlstrom was presented with a community service award Monday night by the Wadena chamber.

Baymler is chamber's person of the year; Dahlstrom community service award

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The Wadena Chamber of Commerce honored those who have gone above and beyond for the Wadena community at a ceremony Monday night, Feb. 1.


The chamber presented Jeanette Baymler with the Person of the Year Award. Baymler is a longtime Wadena resident. She's active in her church, the Wadena County Food Shelf, and currently serves on the Wadena City Council.

Baymler was honored as all nine of her children were in attendance at the banquet.

Wadena-Deer Creek Superintendent Virginia Dahlstrom was presented with the chamber's Community Service Award. The award was presented by Ann Pate, WDC School Board president.

Dahlstrom has been superintendent at WDC Schools since July 2008. She was instrumental in guiding the passage of last November's school referendum, as well as moving WDC Schools into the 21st century by improving academic standards, implementing technology and working with the school board to balance the budget during challenging times for many rural schools. She is active in the Chamber, Wadena Rotary, and both Wadena and Bluffton Lions.

The Wadena Chamber of Commerce also honored the M-State Parade Committee, including Joanne Bokinskie, Jackie Lysdahl, Pat Kisacky and Armond Swanson.

The chamber also honored two of its own for service on the chamber board. Bruce Gorghuber and Allen Gundberg were recognized as outgoing directors. Gundberg was also named director of the year by the chamber.