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Wadena State Bank fulfills $30,000 pledge to M State nursing facility

Jeff Browne (left) and Kip Browne of Wadena State Bank present a check to Denise Laymon, Chief Development and Alumni Officer, M State Foundation and Alumni. Submitted photo

Wadena State Bank recently completed a $30,000 pledge towards the nursing facility at M State's Wadena campus.

This pledge of money helped M State complete renovation of current classroom, lab and simulation equipment for the nursing program.

Kip Browne with Wadena State Bank said the pledge was important to the bank because he is well aware of the need for nurses in the region. Having a college in Wadena that can help train those nurses not only helps fulfill the need for qualified applicants, it brings in money to Wadena's economy, Browne said.

"The more programing and the more students, the better it is for Wadena," Browne said. "M State is really good for Wadena economically."

Nursing staff at Tri-County Health Care agreed that there is a nursing shortage in the region, and it's an issue nationwide.

Tri-County Health Care, is fully staffed in their nursing services, and they credit a large part of their ability to staff nurses to the great partnership with M State and its nursing program, according to Jessica Sly, communications specialist at Tri-County Health Care.

"Down the road, we know nursing shortages will continue to be an issue, which is why we're committed to doing all we can to support M State in its work of developing future nurses," Sly said.

Denise Laymon, Chief Development and Alumni Officer for M State Foundation and Alumni said the fundraising efforts continue for the college in an effort to stay on the cutting edge of training for tomorrow's workforce.