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A new bus garage facility was the main subject of discussion Monday night at the August meeting of the Wadena-Deer Creek school board. The board approved the conversion of a district-owned storage facility on Deerwood Avenue to a bus garage by Mark Stone Construction. Once completed, the storage facility will be insulated and heated and will provide an office for transportation director Tim Wohlert. Buses will be washed and serviced at the facility. The cost of remodeling will be in the neighborhood of $120,000. The school will employ a fleet of 20 buses in the coming school year.
The pledge made in June that there will be hockey in Wadena this winter was made good Monday night when the Wadena Hockey Association board approved the building of an indoor facility. "The board was enthusiastic and unanimous supporters," said association president Pat Boline. The former arena was destroyed by the EF4 tornado that passed through Wadena June 17. The type of construction material that will be used in the new arena has not yet been determined but Boline is hopeful that work can begin in September and that hockey can resume in December.
A small town in Wisconsin will be reaching out to Wadena Wednesday, Aug. 18 with caring hands and hearts. Nature forged a link between the two communities June 17 when an EF4 tornado ripped through Wadena and destroyed hundreds of homes and buildings. Siren found itself in the path of an EF3 tornado in 2001 that left a 69-mile trail of destruction. A meal will be served for the stricken residents of Wadena at St. Ann's Catholic Church. More than 1,000 residents are expected to attend the event, which will include a 5 p.m.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Shockers advanced to the second weekend of action in the Region 14C baseball tournament last weekend by winning two of three games. Bluffton Brave draftee Kyle Dykhoff was out-dueled by Carlos hurlers Ben Bruggeman and Matt Hoelscher in a 2-1 WDC loss Sunday at Stigman Field in Nimrod. Dykhoff went the distance for the Shockers and did not allow a run after the sixth inning. He fanned two and walked just one while scattering seven Carlos hits. The Cougars broke on top early as No.
Sebeka's Jonathan Miller and Wadena's Hannah Toedter claimed top honors in the Sunnybrook Stomp Saturday with times of 18:24 and 21:04. Miller came in a full minute ahead of Sartell's Blake Anderson who ran a 19:42.
A John Deere 9500 combine worked a wheat field on the Lee Amundson farm in Folden Township near Vining in suffocating August heat.
Photo by Brian Hansel Dan German, left, and Jason Hicks of Blacktop Repair Service of Anoka fill cracks in the high school tennis courts Tuesday morning. The courts were damaged in the June 17 tornado. The first day of girls' tennis practice in Wadena is Monday. The first home tennis matches are Aug. 25.
Sunnybrook Stomp 5K Run/Walk Results Aug.
What fires a teacher up to teach? Scrap metal, of course. With the start of another school year approaching a delegation of Minnesota teachers paid a visit to Wadena Hide and Fur Tuesday and Wednesday to hunt for treasure. The treasure they were seeking was not gold or silver, it was rusty iron. Metal that had been forged into a plethora of shapes and sizes. Tom and Rich Paper had invited the group to their U.S. Highway 10 scrap yard to hunt for the more interesting pieces of scrap. The scrap season started early this year for the local business.
The Wadena-Deer Creek School Board approved a two-year lease agreement with M State-Wadena, ensuring classroom space for their top four grades. District 2155's lease agreement with the neighboring technical college is for $63,751 a year. The lease calls for the use of 17 classrooms as well as other services. The June 17 tornado that destroyed the building housing the high school, middle school and administrative offices left roughly half of WDC's student population without a home.