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News briefs - March 20 edition

Archery tournament set for April 4-6

The Minnesota State Target Archery Indoor tournament will be held April 4-6 at the Detroit Lakes Hockey Center. Target archers from Minnesota, Wisconsin, the Dakotas and Canada will compete. There will be a practice round Friday night followed by two competitive sessions Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

For more information, contact Kent Baldry at (701) 212-5643.

Free vaccinations for sixth-graders offered at WDC

Wadena County Public Health will be at Wadena-Deer Creek Middle/High School on March 20 to give free Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) and Meningitis vaccine. These vaccines will be required for seventh-graders starting in the fall of 2014. A letter was mailed to each parent, along with a form to return to their classroom. Please fill out and return the form regardless if you want your child to receive these vaccines. Your child will not be able to be vaccinated without a signed form. This will be the only opportunity for your child to receive these vaccines free of charge. Any questions, contact Ashley Mumm, WDC MS/HS nurse, at (218) 632-2347.

WDC's 'Day of Caring' sign ups underway

Wadena-Deer Creek High School's seventh annual "Day of Caring" is slated for Wednesday, April 30 and WDC students are looking for individuals who would like their help.

The Day of Caring is a day set aside for Wadena-Deer Creek students to give back to their community by volunteering to help people with outdoor clean-up projects.

"We will rake leaves, weed flower beds, wash windows and do any other tasks around the yard in the immediate Wadena, Deer Creek and Bluffton areas," explained Heather Theisen, a senior, who along with seniors Austin Hendershot and Wesley Janson, are the three student coordinators of the Day of Caring.

This year's event will include the largest number of students and staff ever assembled for the Day of Caring. More than 150 student-volunteers in grades 10-12, along with school staff will work on projects from about 9 a.m. to into the early afternoon on April 30. The event is also expanding to include the communities of Deer Creek and Bluffton. If the number of requests exceeds the number of students, then students from ninth grade will be added to help with the "We've definitely seen an increase in need over the last couple of years and we are prepared to take on more requests. Day of Caring has become very popular among some of the older residents in town," said Hendershot.

If you have an outdoor project, call the Day of Caring phone number at (218) 632-2444. Requests are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Those who put in a request can expect the student coordinators to visit their home prior to the Day of Caring, so they know what needs to be done and how long it may take. Deadline for requests is April 16. There is no charge for this community service, so please give WDC a call as students are ready to lend a helping hand.

"This is a chance for Wadena-Deer Creek students to give back to the community and make a

difference," said Janson.

In case of severe weather, the back-up day is Wednesday, May 7.