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Photo by Dana Pavek/WDC Schools Wadena-Deer Creek Schools met recently with the school's architect and construction company to begin planning for the dual-use shelter/gym. WDC will break ground on the facility the spring 2012. Pictured at their first planning meeting at the WDC District Office, from left: Dr. Virginia Dahlstrom, WDC Schools superintendent; Bruce Boyne, WDC FEMA representative; Chad Rettke, senior project manager, Kraus-Anderson Construction Company; and Steve Miller, principal architect...

Plans under way for storm shelter

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Plans under way for storm shelter
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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently awarded WDC Public Schools $950,461 in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds for the construction of the shelter. The school sustained extensive damage from the EF4 tornado that struck Wadena on June 17, 2010. This project will give the community a shelter that can be utilized to protect students, staff and residents during times of severe weather. The facility will also be used by the school for physical education, athletic events and school programs.

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