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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.

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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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