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Photo by Brian Hansel Katie Rae Fiemeyer was all smiles on her first day of pre-school.1 / 11
Photo by Brian Hansel Bus driver Jerry Fellman helps one of his younger passengers off the bus Tuesday morning in Wadena.2 / 11
Photo by Brian Hansel Business Education teacher Nancy Peterson confers with one of her students before the start of Tuesday's classes at M State-Wadena.3 / 11
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Photo by Dana Pavek After the pep fest, 9th through 12th grade students walk over to M-State to meet with their advisors.5 / 11
WDC High School science teacher Craig Klawitter gets students familiar with their new surroundings at M-State during an advisory meeting.6 / 11
Photo by Dana Pavek When the pep fest was over, 7th- and 8th-grade students hopped onto three buses bound for Deer Creek School.7 / 11
Food service worker Arlene Boen serves a hot meal to junior high students at the Deer Creek School.8 / 11
Photo by Dana Pavek WDC preschool teacher Patti Isaacson hands out apple slices to preschoolers during their afternoon snack at WDC Early Childhood Center, the former St. Ann's School. Isaacson said she is very pleased with the new space for their preschoolers.9 / 11
Seventh- and eighth-grade students walk into their new school at Deer Creek.10 / 11
Cindy McCullough and Dee Skogen from Ben Franklin Crafts of Wadena decorated the entrances of each school location to welcome students on their first day. Pictured here is the Early Childhood Center sign at the former St. Ann's School which now serves as a preschool for WDC's 3, 4 and 5 year olds.11 / 11

Wadena-Deer Creek students arrived for the first day of classes on Sept. 7 to a different kind of day. Elementary students found high school students among the throng of students. The high schoolers opened their first day with a breakfast coordinated by the Student Council and served by teachers, followed by a pep fest that featured school spirit and games as well as a message from Principal Tyler Church and School Counselor Toni Kraska.