Compton Town Hall razed; board continues work of cleanup

The historic school house served as town hall for decades.

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Compton Town Hall was burned one more time on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022 during a training exercise by the Deer Creek Fire Department.
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DEER CREEK — The Compton Town Hall was burned to the ground over the weekend after extensive damage by fire in June.
This time around the fire was started by the local Deer Creek Fire Department as part of a planned training exercise. They invited members of the Wadena Fire Department to train with them.
"This type of training allows firefighters to get real fire conditions and exposure," according to Wadena Fire Department secretary Andrew Browne.

Those with information about the fire are asked to call the arson hotline at 1-800-723-2020.

The building would not have undergone the training exercise if not for what's believed to be a case of arson that occurred at the town hall on June 23, 2022. Deer Creek Fire Chief Travis Collins indicated that arson was suspected shortly after the scene was investigated.
The Compton Township board began meeting at the Deer Creek Community Center after the fire and continues to meet there for the foreseeable future.
Township chairman Larry Richter said the board must now work towards getting bids for cleanup of the site. They'll also continue working on plans for their future. The group was on site during the burn and documented it for historical purposes.
The fire training occurred within a week of two other structure fires that destroyed homes in Wadena.

Skeletal remains of Compton Town Hall after it was burned for the second time this year, first in June and again in September 2022.
Contributed by Wadena Fire Department

Compton Town Hall was located at 29521 Co Hwy 73, about 3 miles east of Deer Creek.
Those with information about the original fire in the building are encouraged to call the arson hot line at 1-800-723-2020. Rewards are offered.

Michael Johnson is the news editor for Agweek. He lives in rural Deer Creek, Minn., where he is starting to homestead with his two children and wife.
You can reach Michael at or 218-640-2312.
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