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Photos by Dana Pavek/WDC Schools From left, Wadena-Deer Creek School District bookkeeper Joyce Boyne, WDC Transportation Director Tim Wohlert and Superintendent Virginia Dahlstrom reminisce over vintage homecoming buttons recovered from the high school. Both Boyne and Wohlert are graduates of Wadena High School -- Boyne in 1967 and Wohlert in 1970.

Vintage homecoming buttons recovered from damaged WDC High School

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When Ted Pladson was working at removal and containment of asbestos in the tornado-ravaged Wadena-Deer Creek High School, he stumbled upon several homecoming buttons peeking out of the debris.


Pladson carefully dug the buttons out of the debris, took them back to his office in Minneapolis, cleaned them and placed the 29 buttons in a frame. He surprised Superintendent Virginia Dahlstrom by presenting her with the framed buttons this week.

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