4 Under 40: Kaleena Wiens
Kaleena Wiens is set to be honored at an upcoming “4 Under 40” recognition event, meant to honor those young people in a community who are up-and-coming leaders in the community. Wiens currently lives in Truman and works as a corrections officer for the Brown County Sheriff’s department. She also volunteers with Truman Ambulance Service and Truman Fire and Rescue and is only the 2nd woman to serve in the Truman Fire Department.
Wiens shares her background and how she got to where she is now.
“I grew up in Apple Valley and went to college at Minnesota State University in Mankato,” she said. “Then I met my husband and about four years ago we moved here to Truman and I joined the fire department.”
Wiens states that she didn’t specifically focus on working for a fire department, but she is grateful for the opportunity.
“My dad was a firefighter for a while up in Apple Valley. I think a lot of kids dream that they want to follow in their parents’ footsteps. Truman took a chance on me and let me join.”
When asked about what she enjoys when it comes to her job, Wiens shared that she very much enjoys the opportunity to help out her community.
“When I grew up, my parents taught me to give back to the community, and this is my way to do it. Unfortunately, it’s not always a good scenario, but I like to get to know the community and give back.
“The best thing about my community is the people. Truman has just an amazing love for their town, and it shows. They want the town to grow, they want people to come to Truman and stay and you see the excitement for the town.
“You don’t see that in every town. That excitement makes you want to be a part of it.”
When she learned of her nomination for recognition, Wiens shares that she was initially perplexed, but greatly appreciative.
“I was pretty excited about it, I was honored,” she said. “When I was first told I was a little confused but when Erik (Karre) explained it, I was definitely honored.”
When asked about advice for other young people, Wiens says it’s important to never give up.
“I think being successful in your own way means to keep trying. Keep trying to find something you enjoy doing and share that with others.”
She also mentioned she is grateful for the influence of her parents and her husband and their continued support in everything she’s done.
The 4 Under 40 event will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Feb. 25, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Fairmont.