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Black smoke pours from inside the Minnesota Department of Transportation Truck Station on Industrial Drive in Wadena Thursday evening. Law enforcement and fire personnel were called out at approximately 6:15 p.m. The fire started in a plow truck, although the cause is not known, according to Wadena Fire Chief Dean Uselman. The truck had not been driven in approximately one week. The truck is almost a total loss and the building sustained heavy smoke and heat damage, Uselman said. The office has moderate water damage. The building did not appear to have been broken into, he said.
Wadena-Deer Creek sophomore Mitch Steffens won his first four matches this week in the National High School Coaches Association Tournament in Virginia Beach, Va. Competing for Team Minnesota, Steffens pinned New Jersey's Ian Henry at the 5:03 mark in his tournament opener. He followed that victory up by pinning Colt Grace of Alabama at the 5:31 mark. Steffens decisioned Georgia's Zach Young 5-1 and Pennsylvania's James Elphick 4-2 to reach the semifinals where he lost a 9-0 decision to New Mexico's Eric Montoya. The loss dropped him into the consolation bracket.
T.J. Steward, Travis Petro, Dewayne Steward, Trent Petro and Justin Isaacson will be representing Wadena in the Class A portion of the Region IV Golden Gloves boxing tournament Friday and Saturday, March 26-27 at the Wadena Armory. T.J. fights at 152 while Dewayne boxes at 178. Travis and Trent Petro box at 165 and heavyweight respectively. Isaacson is a super heavyweight. Joining the Wadena team will be fighters from Brained, Fergus Falls, White Earth, Detroit Lakes, St.
Wadena-Deer Creek activities director and math teacher Brian Silbernick is leaving for a dean of students job at Holdingford High School. Silbernick will round out the school year at Wadena-Deer Creek before moving onto Holdingford, Minn., which is just 18 miles southwest of his hometown of Little Falls, with his wife, Lisa. The 50-year-old Silbernick has worked in District 2155 for four years. Prior to that he worked in the Big Lake school district.
The Wadena-Deer Creek 2155 School Board approved capital improvements of $195,000 and budget reductions of $428,080 Monday evening for the 2010-11 school year. Capital requests for technology came to $134,800 and included the purchase of 94 computer systems at $620 per unit for a total of $58,280. The computers will replace models purchased in 2003.
Taylor Bienusa, Logan Meyer, David Najjar and Trenton Wollenburg of the Wadena-Deer Creek boys' hockey team will participate in the Advanced Minnesota Hockey Spring Festival April 13-16 at the Plymouth Arena. Bienusa, Meyer and Najjar will all play with the Advanced 17 team. WDC head coach Dan Savoie has been chosen to serve as head coach for the Advanced 16 team, of which Wollenburg will be a part. The Spring Festival leads up to the Boys Advanced 16 and 17 Final 54 Tournament which is slated for April 23-25 in Plymouth. Savoie will start out with 65 kids in the festival and must cut his
The second-seeded Hawley Nuggets unleashed some superior firepower Thursday as they routed seventh-ranked Wadena-Deer Creek 90-48 in Section 8AA action. Tom VanErp's Wolverines were battling in the first half and trailed 26-22 with eight minutes on the clock. The Nuggets took off at that point and out-scored WDC 24-9 for a 50-31 halftime lead "Hawley rained shots from everywhere," VanErp said. The Nuggets ended up shooting 59 percent from the field with Jacob Bjornson scoring 22 and Taylor Harms adding 20.
Wadena-Deer Creek seniors Scott Syverson and Ryan Nelson were named to the Mid-State All-Conference boys' basketball team for the 2009-2010 team. Earning honorable mention was WDC junior Jordan Reed. Staples-Motley's Jordan Riewer, who will be attending Jamestown (N.D.) College on a basketball scholarship this fall, was named the Mid-State's Most Valuable Player. Crosby-Ironton's Dave Galovich and Staples-Motley's Lynn Peterson shared Coach of the Year honors. Mid-State Conference All-Conference Players Detroit Lakes: Josh Stalberger, Tyler Fode; Staples-Motley: Jordan Riewer, Derek Wolh
Wadena-Deer Creek senior goalie Tyler Muehler is on his way to the Great Eight after being selected as one of the top goalies in Section 6. Muehler will be breaking new ground for a WDC hockey player when he played in the tournament March 26-28 in South St. Paul. The Wolverines have never had a goalie selected for the Great Eight. "It's a great honor and a well-deserved honor," WDC head coach Dan Savoie said.
Wadena-Deer Creek's Mitch Steffens is among a group of elite area wrestlers who do not want to see the season end quite yet. The WDC state tournament qualifier will be heading to the National High School Coaches Association's Wrestling Championships March 23-28 in Virginia Beach, Va. Only state tournament qualifiers are eligible for the national tournament. Steffens qualified for his first Class A state wrestling tournament this year and claimed WDC's lone state victory -- an 8-2 decision over Kimball Area's Tanner Mills in the first round of the 112-pound wrestlebacks.