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Sirens will only sound during bad weather, tests

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The civil defense sirens in Wadena will only blow during bad weather and for tests -- but not for fire calls.

Wadena Fire Chief Dean Uselman said Sheriff Mike Carr did some checking, and Wadena was the only town that used its sirens to alert firefighters and the public to fire calls.

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That tended to desensitize the public to the sirens, Mayor Wayne Wolden explained. Some residents told him they don't pay as much attention to the sirens anymore.

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