Hope Norenberg has been selected to be a part of the National Organization for Youth Safety (NOYS) 2015-16 Teen Safe Driving Summit Youth Leadership Team. This is a unique leadership opportunity to address safe driving concerns impacting youth.
As it begins its fall season on Sept. 8, the Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning will be at a new site, Armory Square in Park Rapids. A 12:30 p.m. Tuesday reception will be the introduction to this new venue with its first program from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Armory Square was chosen because it offers significantly more seating, a convenient downtown location and plentiful parking.
Emilee Lenz Emilee Leola Lenz, girl, was born on Aug. 20 to Rachael and Darin Lenz of Bertha. She weighed 7 lbs., 5 oz. and was 19.5 inches long. She was delivered by Dr. Shaneen Schmidt at Tri-County Health Care in Wadena. Proud grandparents are Donald and Amarna Halbrehder and Michelle Lenz. Older brothers Derek Halbrehder and Jeremiah Lenz welcome her home.
Even though current visiting artist Jhon Sanchez has been writing since he was a child, as an adult, the process of discovering the English language has helped him to develop his creativity. He is the artist in residence at the retreat house in New York Mills until Saturday, Sept. 12. A reception will be held at the Cultural Center at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9. He came from Colombia in 1998, seeking asylum because the practice of his legal profession endangered his life and freedom during those years of political turmoil in his country.
Wadena-Deer Creek School District recently recognized 21 of its staff for reaching their years of service milestones. Framed certificates were presented by Louis Rutten, elementary principal, and Tyler Church, middle/high school principal, during the school's first day of a three-day staff workshop on Aug. 25 in the Wadena Memorial Auditorium. Their combined experience is a total of 365 years! WDC thanks these individuals for their wonderful service and dedication.
The third annual Princess Warrior 5K Run, Walk, Roll, Stroll or Crawl will be held Saturday, Sept. 26. Wadena's Princess Warrior Jane Fiemeyer passed away from leukemia in 2012. The Princess Warrior committee started shortly after, consisting of school staff, Jane's physician and friends. The 5K was put together in her honor and continues with a hope that other families battling cancer can be helped. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month. It is a month dedicated to honor the children who are fighting and those who have lost the fight against the bully.
This year's Whiskey Creek Film Festival features a variety of films shown over one week at the Cozy Theatre in Wadena. The festival came about 10 years ago when Wadena resident Jamie Robertson took the idea for the festival to Cozy Theatre owner Dave Quincer. The annual event has operated with the same rules since its beginning, namely to screen some of the very best films, all in current theatrical release, that are available across the nation. The Whiskey Creek Film Festival is produced by the Whiskey Creek Film Festival Committee.
Hundreds showed up at Sunnybrook Park Saturday morning for the Never.Give.Up. 5K to raise awareness and funding for suicide prevention and awareness education. Organizers have a mission to raise awareness in rural communities in particular. The Never.Give.Up group started after the suicide of Peggy Havnes' 16-year-old son Kyle Kenyon in 2012. In hindsight, the family recognized a need for education about preventing suicide. Never.Give.Up. collaborated with the Christopher Benz Foundation to host the 2nd annual 5K Run/Walk event Saturday, Aug.
Armed with orange flags with a stop-sign symbol and bright-yellow vests, the Wadena‐Deer Creek school patrol takes great pride in helping WDC students and staff, as well as parents and the public cross school intersections safely — oftentimes when traffic is heavy. "They are very important because they assist people and children to safely cross the busy streets before and after school," said Jodee Finn, who serves as the WDC School Patrol advisor. Finn also teaches third grade at WDC Elementary. On Aug.
Wadena-Deer Creek School District welcomes eight teachers to their Wolverine family as well as several new staff for the upcoming school year. James Brewer will be teaching three hours of high school math at WDC and one hour at Verndale. Brewer has a master's degree in mathematics from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, as well as graduate courses from the Computer Science and Statistics departments at North Dakota State University. Brewer is also an inventor with numerous patents and scientific publications to his name.