MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A tornado tore through Wadena, Minn., last June, destroyed the high school and forced students to attend classes at a nearby community college. However, the community has stopped cleaning up Friday and began to rebuild the school.
The new Wadena-Deer Creek High School will be built on the same place where the old school was leveled. It is a $38 million project and is being funded by insurance. Like the old building, it will hold classes for both middle school and high school students.
“It’ a positive sign,” said Dr. Virginia Dahlstrom, the Wadena – Deer Creek superintendent. “We’ve been working with the demolition the last few months, now it’s a sign to everyone that we’re ready to go.”
While planning for the new school, architects focused on the environment. The school will have a geo-thermal energy system and other attributes that will conserve water. The school is set to open in the fall of 2012.
“I think that having a school in town that is as big and as grand as this one is going to be … will draw a lot of crowds to Wadena,” said Britta Moen, a junior, who will graduate before the new school is built.
The tornado that hit the town was an F-4 and left a trail of devastation 10 miles long. More than 200 homes and buildings were destroyed in the storm, including the high school.