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Photo by Brian Hansel Bill Stearns and Jolene Johannes of State Farm Insurance flank band Wadena-Deer Creek band director Lisa Weniger on the stage of the Memorial Auditorium. State Farm recently presented Weniger and the school with a $20,000 donation to replace band instruments and equipment lost in the June 17 tornado.

A big boost for the marching band

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The Wadena-Deer Creek Marching Band has a new spring in its step after Wadena State Farm agents Bill Stearns and Jolene Johannes and company officials gave the band a check for $20,000 to replace instruments and items lost in the June 17 tornado.

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State Farm also sprung for a barbecued pork dinner before a volleyball game last week when students and fans were surprised with the surprisingly large donation.

Band Director Lisa Weniger said the money meant a lot to her students.

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