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Photo by Dain Sullivan Virginia Dahlstrom, superintendent for Wadena-Deer Creek Middle/High School, throws her fist in the air in the WDC gymnasium Wednesday evening as she welcomes community members to the dedication ceremony of the new school building. On June 17, 2010, a tornado moved through Wadena and destroyed the old school. Two years later, the community is celebrating the opening of a new facility.

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There wasn't an empty seat in the house Wednesday evening, as community members, students and staff flooded into the new Wadena-Deer Creek Middle/High School gymnasium for the facility's long-awaited dedication ceremony.


After an EF4 tornado moved through Wadena on June 17, 2010 and destroyed much of the town's old secondary school, the new building's doors were finally opened. School leaders estimate approximately 2,500 people showed up to celebrate.

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