With the lights in Wadena's Burlington Northern Park glowing again, community members gathered on Nov. 21, 2021 for this season's first lighting.

A small group gathered to see the lights come alive across the park while keeping warm with hot drinks and delicious treats.

Wadena-Deer Creek senior Madison Packer lit one of the trees by the Depot for the grand moment. Packer finished fifth place at the state tennis tournament and won the consolation championship. She also begins her basketball season with the rest of the team on Dec. 2.

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Volunteers added lights to the park for the second consecutive year after a period when the city no longer did the lights display. Along with Dan Sartell, Ron Greiman, Luther Nervig and Wadena-Deer Creek students, Todd-Wadena Electric, Legacy Power and the city of Wadena also helped set up the lights this year.

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Lights twinkle across Wadena's Burlington Northern Park in a display that's sure to leave you smiling. 
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Lights twinkle across Wadena's Burlington Northern Park in a display that's sure to leave you smiling. Rebecca Mitchell / Pioneer Journal

A set of colorful lights bring light all night long to the winter season at Wadena's Burlington Northern Park. The lights first started their glowing for the season on Nov. 21, 2021.
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A set of colorful lights bring light all night long to the winter season at Wadena's Burlington Northern Park. The lights first started their glowing for the season on Nov. 21, 2021. Rebecca Mitchell / Pioneer Journal

Wadena-Deer Creek students Maria Bonilha, left, and Jaeeun Kim, right, soak in the dazzling lights despite the cold temperatures on Nov. 21, 2021.
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Wadena-Deer Creek students Maria Bonilha, left, and Jaeeun Kim, right, soak in the dazzling lights despite the cold temperatures on Nov. 21, 2021. Rebecca Mitchell / Pioneer Journal

With temperatures hovering around 20 degrees, community members warmed up with apple cider, hot chocolate and coffee in the Depot on Nov. 21, 2021. 
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With temperatures hovering around 20 degrees, community members warmed up with apple cider, hot chocolate and coffee in the Depot on Nov. 21, 2021. Rebecca Mitchell / Pioneer Journal

A Christmas tree in the park's bandstand shines bright for all to see.
Rebecca Mitchell / Pioneer Journal
A Christmas tree in the park's bandstand shines bright for all to see. Rebecca Mitchell / Pioneer Journal