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Meet the WDC reunion planning committee

The 2022 planning committee includes Liz Miller, Joyce Boyne, Dan Sartell, Donna Sartell, Superintendent Lee Westrum, Jennifer Westrum, Renee Frethem and Kyle Gylsen.

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WADENA — After 41 years, the Wadena-Deer Creek schools are ready to reunite with big events.

The events have spent years in the planning process, from meeting with the previous planning committee, contacting alumni, working with businesses, promoting the events on social media and organizing events and entertainment. The 2022 planning committee includes Liz Miller, Joyce Boyne, Dan Sartell, Donna Sartell, Superintendent Lee Westrum, Jennifer Westrum, Renee Frethem and Kyle Gylsen.

“I hope people realize that this is such a great time to get together with people from their history, from their past lives,” Boyne said before the scheduled 2020 all-school reunion.

The school memories will quickly bring friends together again with the uniting of school and June Jubilee celebrations. Let's hear from the planning committee about their school memories.

Liz Miller, class of 1962

Q: What is a favorite WDC memory from when you attended (or worked) with the school?
A: Being a member of an awesome concert and marching band under the direction of Glenn Evenson.

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Q: What is one thing you learned at WDC that you still rely on today?
A: The three “R’s.” The three r’s were reading, writing and arithmetic back in the day.

Q: What reunion activity are you most excited about?
A: Reuniting and visiting with classmates and friends from WHS.

Joyce Boyne, class of 1967

Q: What is a favorite WDC memory from when you attended (or worked) with the school?
A: My favorite memory while attending WHS was moving into the new high school building in my junior year (1965). The most exciting memory while I was employed at WDC is being in my office when the tornado destroyed the high school on June 17, 2010.

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Q: What is one thing you learned at WDC that you still rely on today?
A: My 9th grade English teacher was Terry Olafson. He was a great teacher of grammar and spelling. I still rely on his expertise today. Thanks, Mr. O.! Also, Miss Marilyn Kelley was my Home Ec teacher. She was an excellent sewing teacher. I still sew today, most recently I altered a prom dress for my great niece. These days my sewing enjoyment includes quilting.

Q: What reunion activity are you most excited about?
A: My 55th class reunion with my classmates.

Johnny Holm Band, Arch Allies and Mylo Hatzenbuler are musical highlights for the three days. Find out what you'll be doing when you come back for this three-days of fun in Wadena.

Dan Sartell, class of 1973

Q: What does it mean to be a Wolverine?
A: I'll always be proud of our school, especially now with the Deer Creek merger. Bringing together the Wadena Indians and the Deer Creek Wildcats into the WDC Wolverines doesn't diminish the history of our schools. The students today are having as great an educational experience as all of us did before the merger.

Dan and Donna Sartell have been named WDC Homecoming Grand Marshals for 2016. Photo by Dana Pavek/WDC Schools
Dan and Donna Sartell served as the WDC Homecoming Grand Marshals for 2016.
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Q: What is one thing you learned at WDC that you still rely on today?
A: Pay attention in class, do your homework, and be nice to the lunch ladies so they will give you a bigger helping of food.

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Q: What reunion activity are you most excited about?
A: Reunions are all about reconnecting with the people you went to school with, sharing memories about school and catching up on their lives. The committee has lots of fun activities planned to make it a celebration but the best part will be reminiscing.

Donna Sartell, class of 1975

Q: What is a favorite WDC memory from when you attended (or worked) with the school?
A: I have many fond memories of my high school teachers and those same teachers became close coworkers and friends due to my employment with the district, which began in 1976. In the beginning, it was difficult to call them by their first names.

Q: What is one thing you learned at WDC that you still rely on today?
A: My typing skills I learned from Mr. Curt Grenier, a favorite teacher! I can still hear him saying, "Everyone on home row, fff, jjj, ddd, kkk."

Q: What reunion activity are you most excited about?
A: The reunion committee has many fun activities planned! What I look forward to the most is visiting with classmates I haven't seen in years.

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