New Extension Agent hits the ground running

41_wendy_1746NEW AGENT  — Wendy Wedum is the new Pondera County Extension Agent. If you haven’t met her yet, stop by the courthouse and welcome her to the county.  I-O Photo by Buck Traxler

By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor

Even as she sits at her computer desk in the Extension office, new Agent Wendy Wedum is an explosion of activity waiting to happen.

Wedum, who was born and raised in Choteau is the new Pondera County Extension Agent.

After she graduated from Choteau High School she went to Germany as AFS program exchange student. This afforded her the opportunity to visit 11 other European countries and soak in a wide variety of cultural exchanges and ideas.

She returned to Montana , specifically Missoula, and obtained a degree in Forestry at the UofM School of Forestry. For 12 years Wedum worked in an outreach program for a forestry company, Potlash. She was also an industrial forester for them.

She tells the I-O, “I’ve always liked education,” and with that she became involved with Project Learning Tree. She is still involved with the program which puts on workshops and facilitates in educating people about trees.

Wedum was in 4-H as a youngster and her favorite projects then were cooking, photography, and sewing, interests that have carried over to today.

One of her favorite meals to make is a lemon chicken dish.

4-H members can expect to see workshops in those areas.

She is also impressed with the Shooting Sports Club building and facility. Her son, Logan, age 15, a sophomore at Conrad High School likes archery, shooting as well as photography and cooking, a trait that seems to run in the family.

He has placed second and third in the Teens Beef Cook off at the State Fair in 2009 and 2010.

Wedum will also be working with the Tri-County Fair and volunteer coordination. She has also worked in forest fire control, setting fire to land units for controlled burns.

A little know fact about her: Wedum competed in logging sports including axe throwing, chopping, sawing and birling, the latter is a log rolling contest in water. You try to stay dry and send your competition into the drink while rolling a log at one end and a competitor does the same at the other end.

If you haven’t already met her, stop by the Extension office in the courthouse basement, 20 4th Ave. SW and become acquainted.