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A groundbreaking ceremony Thursday before the picnic had organizers taking a dig into Main Avenue before construction begins Aug. 2. Those who were instrumental in getting the project moving forward were on hand for a photo. From left are Kathy Grell, Jon Olson, Jeff Wipper, Greg Philippi, Joel Maxwell, Sue Tomte, Dan Walker, Paul Utke, Tyson Dokes, Rory Palm, Katie Magozzi, Brita Sailer, Ellis Jones, Cynthia Jones and Andrea Frank. On the stage, entertaining picnic-goers is Frank Gack playing the violin...

Community picnic draws large crowd despite rain

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A dousing of rain didn't stop people from heading to downtown for a community picnic and groundbreaking for the Main Avenue reconstruction project.


"I think everyone had a great time, even with the rain," said Kathy Albrecht, an organizer of the event.

After a brief groundbreaking ceremony at about 5 p.m. the rain came. But people stuck around for free hot dogs and burgers, eating under awnings along Main.

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Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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