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AMEM state awards

Wadena Mayor Wayne Wolden, Scott McKellep and Steve Schulz

Wadena was well-represented at the Association of Minnesota Emergency Managers annual awards banquet at Breezy Point on Sept. 21. Wadena Mayor Wayne Wolden (left) was selected as the Outstanding Elected Official among all officeholders in Minnesota for his leadership in the aftermath of the Wadena tornado. The Wadena Pioneer Journal, represented by Editor Steve Schulz (right), was named Outstanding Media among all newspapers, radio stations and TV stations in Minnesota for coverage of the tornado. Scott McKellep, center, is a member of AMEM and nominated Wolden and the PJ. McKellep was also elected a regional representative on the board at the AMEM conference. He represents 18 counties and the Mille Lacs band in the Central (Region IV) Region.