New Wadena school to be ready in fall of 2012

A new school to replace the one damaged in last June’s tornado in Wadena is expected to be ready in the fall of 2012.

The Brainerd Daily Dispatch reports ( that politicians, students and residents gathered Friday for the groundbreaking of the a $38 million school for grades five through 12 on the same site.

Bricks from the old school, Wadena-Deer Creek High School, were given to about 90 graduating seniors from the Class of 2011.

The new school will serve Bluffton, Deer Creek and Wadena.

A tornado hit Wadena on June 17, destroying more than 260 structures.

Information from: The Brainerd Daily Dispatch,