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Cyber Cafe closing in downtown Wadena

A decision to close the Cyber Cafe in downtown Wadena, was made by the Cyber Cafe board last Thursday according to Manager Doug Wolff. The 18-year-old business will close at the end of January. Brian Hansel/Pioneer Journal

It was confirmed Thursday that the Cyber Cafe, located on Jefferson St. in downtown Wadena, will close at the end of January.

The cafe, which serves a variety of coffees, lattes, teas and sandwiches and other treats and offers a variety of games and activities, has been a popular downtown hangout for the youth of Wadena in the past.

Doug Wolff, who is presently manages the cafe, said the decision to close the cafe was made Jan. 11.

Wolff said the mission statement of the Cyber Cafe has been to provide a safe and chemical free environment for area youth.

Wolff said the Cyber Cafe received good support from local organizations, government and the community in the beginning but times have changed and a lack of financial support prompted board action. Cell phones and laptops are in many more hands than they were when the Cyber Cafe opened and provided user-friendly access to technology.

"Social media is everywhere," Wolff said.