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Schools make staffing changes

The Wadena-Deer Creek school board approved contracts for paraprofessionals Tracy Grabe and Sherri Kaufman and gave an assistant coaching contract to Luke Sturm, who will be part of the WDC girls' basketball staff.

New contracts were approved for June Landgren (speech/language), Karen Thompson (paraprofessional), Christi Nelson (paraprofessional), George Behl (assistant girls' hockey) and Pat Boline (assistant boys' hockey).

The board approved a change in secondary art instructor Jim Formanek's contract to 50 percent. In addition to his teaching duties, Formanek is also the owner of the Uptown Cafe in Wadena.

Deer Creek head custodian Robert Lund Sr. presented the board with two retirement options.

The board accepted the resignation of paraprofessional Becky Matthiesen.