Kasper Wichman on a mission to help others

Charlie Denison
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Kasper Wichman, shown with sister Jayda Wichman, is enjoying life in Winifred, but plans to movie to Seattle or Denver for college. Following school, he hopes to start a career as a psychologist.
Photo courtesy of Kasper Wichman

In the summertime, people of Winifred can expect to find Kasper Wichman out for a drive around town, exploring the place he’s grown to love and will always fondly call “home.”

But Kasper doesn’t always see himself staying here in Winifred, no matter how much he enjoys the landscape and the small-town feel. Although he admits it will be hard to leave, Kasper said he expects to live in Seattle, Washington or Denver, Colorado.

“I’ve visited both places and think they’d be pretty neat,” he said.

Kasper said he wants to go to start his higher education career in one of those locations, as both Seattle and Denver have good schools for his desired field.

“I want to become a psychologist,” Kasper said. “I’ve had a lot of experience with troubled youth and I’ve been able to help. I want to continue to help people with their struggles.”

But leaving Winifred to pursue his career will be bittersweet.

“I like Winifred,” he said. “I like how – when you walk down the street – everybody knows everybody. I like the small businesses, too, and like supporting the small businesses.”

This is easy for Kasper to do, as he currently works at a small business ­ Mid-State Signs – with his father, Gordon.

“I like the job,” Kasper said. “It’s pretty easy and pretty fun. Not only do I work with my dad, but I work with a lot of other people I’ve known for a long time.”

This refers as much to the customers as it does the staff.

“I know the people who come in,” he said, “and I enjoy the familiarity.”

Kasper has worked at the sign shop on and off since November of 2015. It is one of many things he enjoys about Winifred. Call him crazy, but Kasper is even enjoying school. In the fall, he begins junior year, and even looks forward to getting back to the classroom.

“I really like science,” he said. “I like knowing how things work and I like gathering the answers to all of life’s questions: how things happen, why things happen, the reason behind things.”

Kasper also like to read. Two of his favorite books are Daniel Keyes’ “Flowers for Algernon” and Edward Averett’s “Cameron and the Girls.”

He also just likes to think, which is what people see him doing as he drives around town.

As he thinks about life, he also thinks about his future, and he can’t help but feel encouraged, confident he’s headed in the right direction.






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