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When the chips were down the afternoon of June 17 a group Wadena lifeguards kept their heads and made a life-saving decision. Keeley Timm was one of several lifeguards on duty Thursday afternoon at the Wadena Municipal Swimming Pool on Sixth Street Southwest. Hannah Toedter, Emily Fuhrman and Mariah Wood were also there as well as an off-duty lifeguard, Neil Janson. It was open swimming that afternoon, but at 3 p.m. when the weather started to look threatening, the lifeguards called parents to come and pick up their kids before closing the pool.
Phil Gleason came to Wadena to drive his 1975 Chevrolet Caprice in the annual summer parade. He had his machine shined up and looking hot. The class of 1961 graduate was also planning to attend the All-School Reunion, so around 5 p.m. June 17 he was registering in the high school commons when a twister blew into town from the southwest. When the sirens went off Gleason made a run for it, just like many other people, and took refuge in the boys' locker room with around 20 other people. After the twister passed, Gleason went out to view the destruction around the school.
Carolyn Hartman has been fielding pet problems that are a little out of the ordinary since June 17 when a twister hit Wadena. The volunteer coordinator of the Wadena County Humane Society has been helping people find their missing pets. "Our biggest frustration is the people that pick up pets and take them out of town," Hartman said. The assumption that Hartman is making is that the pets are being cared for by whoever finds them.
Absolute facts were scarce at District 2155's June school board meeting but board chairperson Ann Pate reaffirmed that doors would be open for Wadena-Deer Creek students on Sept. 7 when classes are set to begin for the 2010-11 school year. "As we all know, with the storm WDC is in a state of emergency," Pate said. "On behalf of the board and the administration, I would like to say that WDC will be open for classes on Sept. 7 the opening day of school.
Absolute facts were scarce at District 2155's June school board meeting but chairperson Ann Pate reaffirmed that doors would be open for Wadena-Deer Creek students on Sept. 7 when classes are set to begin for the 2010-11 school year. The tornado that ripped through western Wadena Thursday, June 17 hit the high school head on, destroying huge sections of the roof, blowing out windows and making the structure dangerous to enter. Some sections of the school are so unsafe that structural engineers, who must assess the damage, will not enter them at this time.
Volunteer Martin Dockham of Verndale heads out Monday morning to help with the clean-up effort in Wadena. Those wishing to volunteer can do so at the in the old Wadena Pamida parking lot on North Jefferson or they can call (218) 640-3432.
The Menahga Braves finished fourth in the Class A state softball tournament last Friday by falling to Badger-Greenbush-Middle River 6-2 in 11 innings at North Mankato's Caswell Park. Rushelle Flaten went 5-for-6 at the plate to lead the Gators past Menahga in the third place contest. The Gators tied the game 2-2 in the top of the sixth inning but Menahga hurler Lindsey White tossed four scoreless innings before surrendering four runs in the top of the 11th. The Gators strung five hits together in the four-run 11th. White scattered 13 hits and four walks while fanning 10.
At one time in his life Greg Kempf once found himself serving in the United States Navy at Newport, Rhode Island. He was mighty disappointed when he discovered that there was no game to hunt in Newport in his off-duty hours. Since hunting was not an option, Kempf decided to take up pistol shooting for recreation, even though he doubted he could hit anything with a pistol when he first started out. Kempf eventually joined a Navy shooting team.
Wadena-Deer Creek's Kevin Tumberg, Cody Redfield and Tyler Wohlwend were selected to the Mid-State's All-Conference Baseball Team for the 2010 season. WDC players earning honorable mention were Ryan Nelson, Derrick Rude, Jake Rude and Colter Pettit.