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Chamber hands out awards

Photo by Rachelle Klemme Shirley Uselman of the Chamber of Commerce hands Spirit of Wadena plaques to city and county workers. From left, Bruce Uselman, Dean Uselman, Dave Evans, Ron Bucholz, Byron Larson, Brad Swenson, Charles Tuorila, Kevin Swensrud, Kyra Ladd, Mike Carr Jr., Bill Cross and Mike Hanan.1 / 3
Photo by Rachelle Klemme Shirley Uselman and Erik Osberg announce the awards.2 / 3
Photo by Rachelle Klemme Tim Muehler, an outgoing chamber board member, gets a plaque and a good word from Shirley Uselman.3 / 3

This year's annual Wadena Chamber of Commerce banquet was different from previous years, just like many other aspects of the community which were affected by the June 17 disaster.

A slide show by Molly Costin gave a retrospective of the tornado's destruction and recovery.

Afterward, instead of choosing a single individual for Person of the Year, the Chamber honored the city of Wadena and Wadena County with a Spirit of Wadena award.

Eric Osberg was named Director of the Year again. He was also the chamber president in 2009 and 2010.

Outgoing members of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors included Tim Muehler, Paul Friedrich, Cindy McCullough and Vicki Pearson.

Incoming board members were Kari Rawlings, Annebelle Lee, Wayne Brasel and Lisa Reddick.