Special to the Pioneer Journal
Ben Robertson, M.D., and his Tri Orthopedics recently performed their 100th joint replacement less than a year after the program's launch. Tri-County hired Robertson full time and spearheaded the program in September of 2018, offering a full spectrum of orthopedic services. Joanne Olson of Wadena was the 100th joint replacement patient. "I could hardly believe it," Olson said of being the 100th patient. "And for (Dr. Robertson) too. He's only been here since September. It's really good. And I really like him. Everybody is great here."
Wadena-Deer Creek second-grader Brayden Canning is being hailed a hero for saving his great-grandma's life. Last Friday after school, Brayden went to spend time with his Great-Grandma Ginna like he usually does three times a week. When he arrived at her apartment at Humphrey Manor in Wadena, he found her sleeping on the floor. He tried waking her but she started to shake. He knew something was wrong and went for help. Brayden's grandma, Pam Canning, had prepared her grandson well on what to do if this would happen to his 91-year-old great-grandma (Pam's mother).
Wadena-Deer Creek High School's Michael Schmidt and Courtny Warren were selected as this year's ExCEL (Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership) Award nominees. Each year, the program recognizes Minnesota high school juniors who are active in school activities, show leadership qualities, and volunteer in their communities. The nominees are eligible for a statewide award to be announced later in January by the Minnesota State High School League.
Wadena-Deer Creek students in third-sixth grade enjoyed a taste of the theater during the first-ever Drama Camp for Kids held Nov. 28 at Wadena Memorial Auditorium. WDC's high school drama students ran each of the stations where youth learned how to use their voice in a variety of ways, create skits, see how theater makeup is applied, a sneak-peek at the costume closet and the lights and sound booth, and more.
The Wadena-Deer Creek High School Athletic Department announced the retirement of head football coach Howie Kangas. Kangas has served as the Head Coach of the Wolverines since the 2012 season and accumulated a 16-48 record at Wadena-Deer Creek. He led the Wolverines to their first playoff win since 1998 when WDC downed Staples-Motley 42-20 to start the 2017 playoffs. Prior to WDC, Kangas led the Perham Yellowjackets to a 119-65 record over 18 seasons and five state tournament appearances.
Wadena-Deer Creek’s Abby Westrum has signed a letter of intent to play college tennis and continue her academic career at Concordia College in Moorhead starting in 2018-19.
Steven Erkenbrack, a senior who wrestles at 182 pounds for the Wolverines, reached his 75th career win last night (Jan. 9) at the Staples-Motley Dual Meet. He defeated Isaac Swensrud, 4-0.
Wadena-Deer Creek senior Casey Volkmann signed a letter of intent this week to play volleyball for Winona State University next season. WDC head volleyball coach Sue Volkmann said she is excited to see one of her players -- who is also her daughter -- move on to the next level. “I’m really happy for her because it’s a goal she’s always had. She’s competitive and she’s anxious to play in that competitive atmosphere,” Sue Volkmann said.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Trap team shattered another barrier by winning their first ever conference crown. The Minnesota High School Clay Target League sets conferences each year based on the school’s number of participants. The Wolverines are in Class 6, which is for schools with the second highest number of participants per team.