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Long time friend of Wadena Library keeps giving even after death

Photo provided On Thursday December 30th, the Friends of the Wadena City Library Treasurer, Sharon Squire was presented a check for $40,000 by Luther Nervig on behalf of the Louise H. Hulting Estate.

The Friends of the Wadena City Library received a big Christmas present this year, only the present wasn't from Santa Claus, it was from Louise Hulting, long time Wadena resident and former employee of and volunteer for the Wadena City Library.

Hulting's friends and family knew that she loved the library. An avid reader herself, she recognized the importance of a strong and viable library within the community of Wadena, said estate representative and Hulting's friend, attorney Luther Nervig. Hulting died last spring, but her support of the Wadena City Library did not die with her. Last week, Hulting's estate donated $40,000 to the Friends of the Wadena City Library.

Hulting designated the Wadena Friends organization as beneficiary in her will back in 2003.

The generous donation is a "great gift," said Wadena City Library Manager Renee Frethem. She explained that the library itself cannot do fund raising. This must be left to organizations such as the Friends of the Library.

"Even though we've never been busier, libraries continue to lose funds due to cuts from local, regional and state government. The only way for us to survive these cuts and still provide the quality services needed is through the fundraising efforts of their Friends of the Library organizations," she said.

In the past, the Friends of the Wadena City Library have helped fund increases in the number of computers for patrons to use as well as supplementing the materials budget particularly in the large print and children's areas.

Between the city of Wadena and the Wadena City Library Endowment fund, the adjacent property of the library was purchased for the purpose of Library expansion. This is something greatly in need as we add more public access internet terminals and of course add more materials to our collection yearly. A wish list item would also be a meeting room/classroom area for public use.