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Huge weekend in store for Wadena

The 2010 Wadena-Deer Creek All-School Reunion will kick off four days of events on Thursday with a Town and Country Breakfast in the morning and a parade through downtown Wadena in the evening.

The Wadena Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors both events and is coordinating Summer of Fun activities that week with the reunion. Classes are invited to enter floats in the annual Summer of Fun parade. Registration for the reunion also begins on Thursday at WDC High School.

Organizers are expecting as many as 2,000 people to attend the June 17-20 reunion. The registration count was just over 1,400 on Monday morning and organizer Janice Stahl expected the number to reach 1,500 by the end of the week. Registrations are coming in "fast and furious" right now, she said.

They sent 7,000 schedules for the event out in May, said organizer Carol Taggart.

"I think it's going to be a lot of fun," Taggart said.

The main event for the reunion will take place from 5 p.m. to midnight on Saturday at Sunnybrook Park. Alumni must have a button that is included in their registration packet for admission to the event. The packet can be picked up at the high school commons. There will be music, food and fireworks.

Many activities are planned, but what people are most interested in doing is visiting and seeing old friends, Taggart said.

Planning the event has been a lot of fun and a lot of work, Stahl said.

"I'm just hoping people enjoy it," she said.

Organizers have had lots of help with the reunion, Taggart said. Even people who didn't graduate from WDC have volunteered.

If someone hasn't received a flier to register they can call Taggart at (218) 631-2099 or Stahl at (218) 631-7118.

Taggart is also asking for local people to consider taking someone in if they have any rooms in their homes available.


• 7:30-10 a.m. Town and Country Breakfast at BN Park.

• 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All-School Reunion registration at Wadena-Deer Creek High School. Pick up your registration packet.

• 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Homecrest open house. Plant tours will take place at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

• 7 p.m. parade.


• 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. check in and pick up your registration packet at Wadena-Deer Creek High School.

• All-day airplane rides at the Wadena Municipal Airport. Contact Darrel Janson for more information at (218) 639-4769.

• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. St. Ann's Parish Center open house located at 514 First St. S.E.

• 10 a.m. shotgun start for the Wolverine Golf Scramble at Whitetail Run Golf Course. Contact Brian Silbernick at (218) 632-2150, ext. 109. Registration forms available online at

• 1-4 p.m. VFW karaoke and jam session in the VFW parking lot. Bring a musical instrument and join in the fun.

• 6 p.m. VFW steak fry.

• 7-9 p.m. open skating at Wadena Roller Rink.

• 8 p.m. KWAD/Superstation K106 Colgate Country Showdown semi-finals in the VFW parking lot.


• 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. check-in and registration at Wadena-Deer Creek High School.

• 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. breakfast at Wadena Municipal Airport. Other activities and exhibits include a fly-in, air plane rides, classic cars, antique tractors, Medivac helicopter and civil air patrol.

• 8 a.m. Sunnybrook Stomp 5k run/walk with 7:30 a.m. registration. There is also a 1k fun run for adults and youth. Contact Sandie Rentz at (218) 632-2155. Registration forms are available at

• 8 a.m. Wadena's Summer of Fun Family Day breakfast.

• 9-11 a.m. Wadena's Summer of Fun Family Day fishing tournament at Sunnybrook Park.

• 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. guided tours of the elementary school, high school and auditorium. Historical photos will be on display.

• 10 a.m. student learning demonstration at high school. Meet in the commons.

• 10 a.m. to 5 p.m "Wake up and Feel the Arts" at Burlington Northern Park in dowtown Wadena.

• 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. kids can do craft projects and play games at the Burch Shelter at Sunnybrook Park. Wadena Area Volunteers (WAVe) will also be selling food.

• 12:30 p.m. Tae Kwon Do demonstrations at Sunnybrook Park.

• 1-3 p.m. alumni women's basketball games at the high school gym. Contact Nancy Johnson by leaving a message at (218) 632-2155 if you are interested in playing.

• 1-4 p.m. open house at the Cozy Theatre.

• Kiddie Tractor Pull open to kids up to age 9 at Sunnybrook Park.

• 2 p.m. student learning demonstration at the elementary school. Meet in the elementary office entry.

• 2:30 p.m. with registration at 1:30 p.m. for a frisbee golf tournament at Sunnybrook Park open to children and adults.

• 3-5 p.m. alumni men's basketball games at the high school gym. Contact Jeff Browne at (218) 631-1860 or Michael Grieme at (218) 371-5584 if you are interested in playing.

• 5-7 p.m. alumni volleyball games at the high school gym. Contact Sue Volkmann at (218) 385-2164 if you are interested in playing.

• 5 p.m. to midnight the main event will be held at Sunnybrook Park. Alumni must have a button from the registration packet for admission. There will be bluegrass music beginning at 5:30 p.m. with a short program at 6:20 p.m. The Wayne Renn Band will play from 8-11 p.m. A fireworks display will take place at the old airport next to the park at 10 p.m. Other activities that evening include volleyball or softball, a mechanical bull, inflatables and food stands.


• 8:30 a.m. Mass at St. Ann's Catholic Church followed by coffee and doughnuts.

• 8 a.m. to noon hospice breakfast at Wadena Elks Lodge.

• 10 a.m. community church service at Wadena Memorial Auditorium.

• 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wadena-Deer Creek Education Foundation luncheon and a Wadena County Historical Society Pie and Ice Cream Social at the high school commons.

• 1-3 p.m. alumni softball game at the WDC school diamond. Contact Kyle Dykhoff at (218) 639-0622 to play.

• 7 p.m. Miss Wadena Scholarship Pageant at Memorial Auditorium.