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Board looks to expedite selling of Deer Creek School

A former Deer Creek student has been attempting to purchase the property for about a year.

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The Wadena-Deer Creek School continues to work towards selling the Deer Creek School.
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WADENA — The Wadena-Deer Creek School Board continues to deal with issues surrounding the legal description of the former Deer Creek School. They have been working with realtor Craig Folkestad, of the Gores Company, to sell the property. Folkestad has been working with an attorney to resolve the title issues, which show a portion of the property with an incorrect legal description.

He brought to the board recommendations on Monday, June 13, during a regular school board meeting that would move this forward before the buyer grows tired of the delays. After hearing options, the board unanimously approved moving forward with a quick claim deed and an escrow agreement to follow. That would hopefully move this forward quickly. Under this option both the school and the buyer would recognize that there is a fault in the legal description but that the legal description is being fixed.

Koep has plans of using the building to its fullest

Folkestad explained that the buyer is not looking to drag this out any further. Neither is the school district. It's been about a year since they approved a purchase agreement.

Insurance renewal

Not surprisingly insurance costs have gone up significantly including for the school district. To keep their coverage the same, the school was looking at paying $200,561, an increase from $176,151.


The board conversation also dived into the value of the property. The board agreed to increase the coverage to $300 per square foot for replacement, an amount more in line with current building costs as shared by a contracting firm to Superintendent Lee Westrum.

Also related to this topic, the board approved increasing their deductible to $10,000 from $5,000. This action resulted in a $4,000 savings. If the Deer Creek School comes off coverage, it would be another $6,000 reduction to their total cost.

In other actions, the board approved:

  • Retirement/resignations including: Jordan Cresap, Head Girls Tennis Coach; Melissa Peterson, Elementary Paraprofessional; Brenda Thelen, Behind the Wheel Instructor; Laura Zeise, Preschool Paraprofessional; Carol Claussen, Communications Assistant.
  • In looking at budget expectations, Westrum said they are basing their compensatory revenues on an enrollment of 1,060 students. He said that’s a conservative number. He added that the school’s efforts to boost those applying for free and reduced meals should help bring in additional funds that were lacking in the previous budget cycle due to a lack of applicants. Meals were free for all during the heat of the pandemic.
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