WADENA — It didn't take long for word to spread around Wadena after the Antique Archaeology van pulled up to a home at Second Street and Emerson Avenue on Wednesday, Nov. 6.
Traffic steadily increased in the neighborhood as "American Pickers" star and creator Mike Wolfe was spotted that afternoon. Wolfe could be seen at one point out walking a dog. Around 2 p.m. a caller to the Wadena Pioneer Journal stated that moving vans and a camper pulled up the to site.
The cast and crew of the History network show were focused on one home in particular, the home of former Wadena resident Ed Blazek, who passed away in 2018. Blazek was an avid antiques collector.
While crew members could not share details of the reason for picking the home, unit production manager Cody Holland said viewers of the popular series should watch for the home to be featured on TV in three to four months.
This past summer, representatives of The History Channel TV show announced they were returning to Minnesota in October and were searching for areas of the state to film episodes. Specifically, the show was looking for "interesting characters with interesting items and lots of them," namely unusual items, such as something they have never seen before, and a good story to go along with it.
The television documentary series follows Frank Fritz and Wolfe as they hunt American back roads for valuable antiques.