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Wadena Mayor Wayne Wolden surveys the damage to the neighborhoods in the southwest corner of his city recently. Carrie Snyder / The Forum

Steady in a storm: Wadena mayor keeps spirits light

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WADENA, Minn. - Wayne Wolden isn't just the mayor for residents here. He's their tireless cheerleader.

Wolden's responsibilities as mayor increased dramatically last week when a tornado devastated much of this town of 4,300 about 90 miles southeast of Fargo.


Wolden, 47, describes the time since June 17 as "an absolute blur," wrought with emotions and challenges beyond anything he's faced in his 12 years as mayor.

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