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Photo credit Petty Officer Christopher M. Yaw/ U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Steven Wischmann, formerly of Wadena, holds a flag that was presented to him during his retirement ceremony earlier this summer from the U.S. Coast Guard.

Wadena alum to retire after nearly 30 years in Coast Guard

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During his 29 years of service to the US Coast Guard, Captain Steven Wischmann has seen the branch come full circle: from a Cold War defense force primed to keep America's shores protected from a Soviet-led onslaught, to a guardian of the environment responding to disasters like the Exxon Valdez oil spill, back to a defense force against threats from abroad in the wake of 9/11.

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