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Wadena-Deer Creek Schools honor staff for years of service

35 years Curt Grenier, industrial arts teacher1 / 6
30 years Left to right: Cindi Koll, family life science teacher; Vicki Pearson, elementary administrative assistant; and Carol Schachtschneider, secondary special education teacher. Not pictured: Craig Klawitter, secondary science teacher; Bob Lund Sr., Deer Creek head custodian/elementary custodian; and Sue Wirta, bus driver.2 / 6
25 years Left to right: Diane Skalman, elementary Title 1 teacher; Kevin LaBarre, elementary head custodian; Nancy Peterson, secondary business education teacher; Mary Fix, secondary student services administrative assistant; Tony Uselman, bus driver; and Kathy Salo, early childhood special education teacher.3 / 6
20 years Left to right: Bob Wierima, bus driver; John Keranen, third-grade teacher; Kathie Davis, secondary media assistant; Larry Wegscheid, elementary custodian; and Greg Kramer, bus driver. Not pictured: Arlene Boen, secondary food services.4 / 6
15 years Left to right: Pam Hanson, elementary Title 1 teacher; Lynn Quincer, fourth-grade teacher; Dale Becker, bus driver; Tim Wohlert, transportation director; Jim Formanek, secondary art teacher; Jan Nelson, high school paraprofessional; and Jerry Anderson, business manager. Not pictured: Rita Price, elementary food services.5 / 6
10 years Left to right: Jeff Mehl, fourth-grade teacher; Muriel Neu, secondary student services administrative assistant; Bev Finnegan, secondary paraprofessional; Mickey Lawson, elementary paraprofessional; Terry Andrie, district-wide custodian; Norm Gallant, sixth-grade teacher; and Mandy Gallant, kindergarten teacher. Not pictured: Carmen Robinson, elementary food services.6 / 6

Thirty-five teachers and school staff were honored for their dedication and years of service to Wadena-Deer Creek Schools during a recognition program on Monday, Aug. 31.

The awards were presented by Virginia Dahlstrom, superintendent, and Marcy Collins, human resources director, during the school's first day of a three-day staff workshop. Awards were given to staff who celebrated their milestone anniversary in 2009.

The first day of school is Tuesday, Sept. 8 for Wadena-Deer Creek Schools.