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Jackie Endres puts a gown on display in Now and Forever Wedding Gallery in Wadena on Thursday. Photo by Zach Kayser
We all express love and remembrance in our own way. Karen Hunnicutt's skill as an artist, though, gives her an especially unique way of honoring her Navy veteran father's legacy of serving. Hunnicutt specializes in photography, and through special computer programs, makes photos seem as if they were vibrant, ultra-realistic paintings. Periodically, she'll make one specifically in memory of her father, William Hunnicutt. Such was the case with "A Sailor's Christmas," which was a photo of a wreath from her father's gravesite superimposed on an image of a large anchor from Duluth harbor.
After nearly 30 years of owning Rex McDonald Studio in downtown Wadena, Don Hoffman has sold the business. The new studio owners are Scott and Kim Woods of Alexandria, Hoffman said Monday. Scott said the studio was set to close Dec. 31 and reopen Tuesday, with him and his wife as the official new owners. Kim owns a photography studio in Alexandria, Glimpse Photography, which will serve as the parent company to Rex McDonald, she said.
After nearly 35 years as a pharmacist in Wadena, Diane Peters retired from Thrifty White Drug this week, she said Wednesday. Originally from South Dakota, Peters said she graduated from South Dakota State University in 1978 with a degree in pharmacy. That same year, she moved to Wadena to be with her new husband, Dave, who had already helped set up what was then a Snyder Drug. Along with her husband, Diane worked with owner Ron Schwartzwald until May 1994, when she and Dave bought the store.
Wadena Public Works Director Ron Bucholz said Dec. 28 that by summer of 2013, the city plans to at least partially replace three tennis courts that were destroyed in the tornado that moved through Wadena in 2010. The concrete slab where the courts once stood is still visible at its location at Seventh Street Southwest and Franklin Avenue, near Wadena-Deer Creek Middle/High School.
Salvation Army Red Kettle Coordinator Mim Maas said the bell-ringing campaign in Wadena took in about $3,000 in donations during the holiday season, representing half of comparable totals from recent years. "It was kind of a trend this year all over," Maas said. "Down in the Cities and everywhere, this year was half." Maas said a shortage of bell ringers was the cause for the steep drop in fundraising.
Jennifer Cullifer of Wadena winds up Dec. 29 at Extreme Jackpot Bowling, held at Wadena Lanes and Pro Shop. The event featured black lighting and cash prizes. Photo by Zach Kayser
5 Years Ago Excerpts from the Jan. 3, 2008 Pioneer Journal On Formanek Pond The ice glows underneath the floodlights. The scoreboard flashes waiting to tally goals as pucks fly through the nets. Formanek pond is ready for a hockey game. The 45-foot-by-65-foot ice rink is no ordinary skating site, however. The frozen spectacle is located in the backyard of Jim and Traci Formanek's First Street Southwest home. The Formaneks' backyard has turned the heads of passersby since they built an ice rink last year.
Gayle Tabery, owner of Brink's Jewelry in Wadena, looks through a microscope Thursday. Photo by Zach Kayser
Since the 1970s, seniors in the Wadena area have been getting help from an organization that places them in volunteer positions around the county and aids them in staying a part of the community. It's called RSVP, or the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, one of three programs under the federal Senior Corps. Since July, RSVP in Wadena County has been represented by Carrie Hitchcock of the Mahube-Otwa Community Action Partnership, a nonprofit organization that sponsors RVSP in the west central area of Minnesota.