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Celebrating 125 years

August 24, 2009 - Cindy Votruba
In the last 10 months I’ve been getting to know a little more about the town of Wood Lake. I’ve walked past the house of the main members of the “Lighter Side” clown club. I’ve been tempted to go on the swings in back of St. John’s Church and I think the little gazebo is just a nice touch at an intersection.

But Wood Lake’s main street has quite a few abandoned buildings. There’s a couple of vacant cafes. The laundromat had closed a while back. It would be nice to see something go into those places, but it would mean a lot of work.

There are some good things about the town that’s celebrating 125 years this week. For a town of 425 or so, it can put on a nice little community fair (with carnival rides too!). I haven’t been to it yet (not even to cover it for the paper), so I’ll be a newbie. Wood Lake does have a nice community center that’s rented out often, said one of the long-time residents. It does have big grain elevator (walked by that a few times too). Hoffco, despite having layoffs here and there, has been in the town for more than 25 years. And according to the reason I’ve been going to Wood Lake for the last 10 months, Shandie’s C-store has good potato wedges. I’ll take his word on it.


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