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Boots clacked and hips smacked during an ABC Dance at the Wadena Fairgrounds. The session was hosted by the Wadena Whirlaways, a local dance troupe that specializes in square dancing. An ABC Dance is designed for beginners and introduces people to the fun and rhythm of square dancing. No experience necessary and no intricate dance moves needed, just sensible footwear and the urge to dance.
Summer is in full swing and events continue to overtake the calendars. Central Minnesota will be abuzz with fun, food, and music. Look for these events during the month of July. Hewitt-Pickle Fest, July 19-20
Erica's House of Wellness opened July 4. Owners, Mitch Hoihjelle and Joel Roggenkamp have been researching, organizing, and educating their customer base on the relatively new surge of CBD and hemp products that they have on hand at their business. CBD oil is extracted from the hemp plant, a close cousin to the marijuana plant. The oil has been presented as an all-natural product with medicinal properties.
Little Kritter's Daycare, Wadena's newest childcare center opened on June 3, in the former Wadena Vacuum business. Owner Kelly Bain along with her daughter, Kayla Carpenter, and her sister, Deb Olson operate the cozy daycare. Everyday they care for several kids while promoting an atmosphere of learning and safety. In less than a month, Bain has taken on six clients and counting. Bain has previously worked in the daycare industry when her own children were young. Later in life she wanted a job that granted her more freedom so she set out to start her own daycare center.
Pillage Square opened in downtown Wadena on June 7. The retail shop buys, sells, and cosigns a wide variety of items but has a special emphasis on electronics. Pillage Square mainly deals in electronics, gaming, vintage items, and cell phones. After taking a brief walk through the store it's obvious they have a little bit of everything.
The Wadena Garden Club has awarded Michelle Laplant their Yard of the Month distinction. Laplant resides at 723 1st Street SE in Wadena and has a well maintained yard complete with well trimmed grass and variety of planters. Her yard has no shortage of color. In every corner there is a burst of flowers and petals. Shirley Hartjen, an organizer for the group said they chose her property because of the quality of her flower gardens. The group chooses yards based on design, originality, and uniqueness.
The planes landed and taxied one by one to the middle of the airport tarmac. The sun was making its way into the morning sky bathing the iron birds in golden light. Soon the airport would be filled with people hungry for pancakes and craving a highflying adrenaline rush. The Wadena Pilots Association hosted its 13th annual Wings & Wheels Over Wadena event. The entire day is devoted to aviation education, plane rides, and a variety of kids activities. This event and others organized by the association are designed to spread aviation awareness.
The Family Fun Challenge took place on June 29 at the WDC practice field. Teams showed up for registration in pairs to compete in gameshow style yard games. The games range from tire pushing to more mentally taxing challenges like memory. The days festivities were organized by Someplace Safe.
Kent and Linda Solberg were named the 2019 Farm Family of the Year at the Wadena County Fair Saturday, June 22. The program has existed for several decades and recognizes farmers that support the agriculture industry locally and on a state level. A crowd gathered in the show arena for the morning events. To kick off the festivities the Solberg's were honored with the award. The announcer read their long list of farming accolades, which included awards, distinctions, and a dedication to animals.
Photos inhabit almost every avenue of life. Television, the internet, magazines, and social media are dominated by illuminated pixels. The still image has become commonplace, visually ingested and forgotten by the casual observer as quickly as the press of a shutter button. Photography may simply be a vehicle for Instagram likes to some, for others it's a fine art where every aesthetic of the medium is pushed to the limit. One area of photography many forget is the backdrop.