Wadena Senior Center gets upgrades; ready for more members

You can join the club and get in on the joys of membership for $10 a year.

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Seniors gather to play cards Thursday, June 16, 2022, at the Wadena Senior Center.
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WADENA — If you're of the senior citizen age range you should know that there's a great place to fellowship in downtown Wadena at the Wadena Senior Center.
Located at 220 Jefferson Street South, the center has activities scheduled from 1-4 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Activities include cards of all kinds and Farkle. Whist is played twice a month. There's puzzles for the less competitive crowd. Downstairs there are two pool tables as well as wood carving equipment.

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Play pool or take up wood carving in the basement of the Wadena Senior Center.
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While you play and converse there's always treats, soda or coffee. A birthday party once a month celebrates those born in that month.
Many members have been coming to the senior center for years though its clear that many more senior citizens in the community do not frequent the group. There's room for many more to come join the fun.
The senior center is excited to show off their new floors and paint job that recently brightened up the location, according to center president Lorraine Venzke. The center was able to make the upgrades thanks to COVID funding they received after having to close up shop during the worst of the pandemic.
Other activities of the senior center are largely supported by club members and funds they make from renting apartments above the senior center. Members pay yearly dues of $10 and all are welcome to participate in activities at the center.
Crafts for sale at the center adorn the downtown windows. Many more are displayed inside and offer an enticing selection of goods from birdhouses, cards, scrubbers and towels made by the seniors.

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Wadena Senior Center president Lorraine Venzke, right, and manager Anna Hiltner.
Michael Johnson / Pioneer Journal

For more information call center manager Anna Hiltner at (218) 631-4077 or stop by the center Monday through Thursday.

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