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Sue Volkmann and her Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines received some great and well-timed news in the mail on Wednesday. Breakdown's Class AA state volleyball ratings arrived at the Volkmann farm Wednesday afternoon and when Sue's daughter, Courtney, a senior on this year's team and saw the No.
The Sebeka Trojans earned runner-up honors in the Class A state baseball tournament Saturday falling to Eden Valley-Watkins 7-4 in the title game at Target Field in Minneapolis. The Trojans held a 4-1 lead after two innings but the Eagles rallied with six runs over the next four innings. Kevin Kramer went 3-for-4 in the victory and drove in two runs. Matt Geislinger went 2-for-3 with two ribbies. Paul Funk went 3-for-4 in the loss. Geislinger improved his mound record to 12-0 with a five-inning relief effort behind starter Tyler Geislinger. Alex Brockpahler was hung with the loss.
The people at Pet Freaks are good at eliciting feedback from their customers. It is not unusual to hear a scream in the Wadena pet shop. The stock has a lot to do with that. It moves. "Matey" is a lovebird that co-owner John Jensen hand-fed from the time it was a chick. The bird flies about the shop freely and occasionally rides on Jensen's shoulder. But not everything flies around Pet Freaks.
The Farmers Market has been a hit with Wadena area residents for years. Locally raised produce has been sold directly to consumers each Thursday morning at Burlington Northern Park. The Farmers Market, which began June 18, will run into October. Led by Diane and Chuck Webb, the Friday market is an extension of Thursday's market in BN Park, with some significant differences. The Webbs own Gardens Gourmet and operate a farm on Highway 29 south of Deer Creek.
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.