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Photo by Don Hoffmann/Rex McDonald Studio Father Don Wagner speaks to St. Ann's students Thursday as principal Eileen Weber looks on. The Catholic school is closing after operating for 107 years in the Wadena community.

The final bell

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Mary Ludovissie understands a tough truth -- not all communities grow but all communities change.

In the days of large families, the halls and classrooms of St. Ann's Catholic School in Wadena were filled with students. After Thursday's final day of school, they are empty.

Just as country schools were forced to close for economic reasons, St. Ann's has closed after being part of the Wadena community for 107 years.

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