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Close to 300 Wadena-Deer Creek students from the freshman to the senior ranks fanned out across three communities Wednesday as the National Honor Society quarterbacked the annual Day of Caring event. Rakes, shovels, leaf bags, gloves, refreshments, caps, hooded sweatshirts, jackets and sunglasses were put to good use as the WDC students worked on yard projects in the School District 2155 communities of Wadena, Deer Creek and Bluffton.
Shirley Uselman has reached one of those shady way stations on the road of life. She is now putting down her responsibilities as executive director of the Wadena Chamber of Commerce after 19 years. The Chamber board threw an open house retirement party for Uselman Monday in the chamber office on Aldrich Ave. As friends, admirers and colleagues drifted in and out, Uselman found herself staring right at the part of her job she will miss the most—the people.
Alvah A. (Ohrmundt) Thompson Keidel, the oldest member of Wadena's Ohrmundt family, died April 10 in Portland, Ore. at the age of 101 years, five months. She was the oldest sister of Norman Ohrmundt, who still resides in Wadena. The Ohrmundts are a heritage family that has lived in the Wadena/Deer Creek area for more than a century. She was born on a farm in the Wadena area in 1916 and graduated from a beauty school in Fargo in her 20's. Alvah and her first husband, Melvin Thompson, moved to Portland. The Thompsons had four children. Later, she married Don Keidel.
Most say Jim Formanek is a very creative guy. Others would call him ambitious. Some would say he is restless. They would all be right. Formanek has recently started marketing another new service. Pro Skinz Detailing joins Pro Skinz and Design, which Formanek has operated since coming to Wadena as a high school art teacher in 1994. During his time in Wadena Formanek has also taken a crack at the restaurant business and tried his hand at cooking. He presently works nights at Maasconi's Char & Bar, a Verndale business owned by his good friend, Jim Maas.
When Wadena County went hunting for someone to take over the head reins at Friendly Rider Transit one of the applications they received was from a local man almost everyone knows—Randy Jahnke. The 1996 Wadena-Deer Creek graduate, who went off to St. Cloud State to earn his degree in recreation administration and returned to run the CyberCafe and the Employment Resource Center, landed the job of director of a success story which is still being written.
Dan Kovar and his Public Works crew ranked as some of the biggest "movers" in Wadena during the month of March. What they were moving was a frozen, white substance which became all too familiar. "We had close to three feet of snow in the month of March," Kovar said last week as he geared up his department's spring and summer workload. The demands on Kovar and his staff were brisk. They went out to move snow three different times the first week of March.
Gary Richter has been having the a lot of the "neighbors" over lately. Richter farms nine miles south of Wadena and he could not help but notice when as many as 200 deer started showing up regularly in his farm yard. "There was typically 150 a night," Richter said. Richter contacted a conservation officer who told him the deer were having trouble getting through the snow and ice to their food.
"We just want to play baseball," Wadena-Deer Creek Head Baseball Coach Kyle Dykhoff said as he stood on the infield of the varsity field Wednesday afternoon wearing rubber boots. Dykhoff is no stranger to the struggles Minnesota baseball players face in the often fickle spring weather. On a sunny Wednesday afternoon, Dykhoff and his players put down their bats and gloves and started giving Mother Nature a hand with clearing snow from the team's two baseball fields.
The Wadena County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two-vehicle crash shortly after 7 a.m. Wednesday at the intersection of County Roads 23 and 9 in Rockwood Township.
The Wadena and Verndale Fire Departments fought a fire at TJ's Detail, Car and Truck Wash in Wadena for four hours Monday before bringing it under control. According to Wadena Fire Chief Dean Uselman the fire which destroyed most of the Ash. Ave. business place was reported shortly before 9 a.m. "Because there were multiple additions to the building it was one of those fires that was hard to knock down," Uselman said.