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Photo by Brian Hansel The twisted metal skin of the Wadena Area Community Center came to rest on the southeast end of the Wadena-Deer Creek High School.

A happy occasion turns ugly

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This was supposed to be a happy day in Wadena.

With a grand parade scheduled for 7 p.m. and around 2,000 people expected to come home for an All-School Reunion, Thursday has been circled on a lot of calendars in Wadena for many months.

Now it will be remembered for a devastating tornado that ravaged the city. At 5:10 p.m., everything changed.

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