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Wadena-Deer Creek High School gears up for demolition

WADENA, Minn. - Seventeen contractors from Minnesota and North Dakota converged at Wadena-Deer Creek High School Tuesday to learn about bidding on the demolition of the building.

The high school was severely damaged by tornadoes that ripped through Wadena in June.

Kraus-Anderson Construction Co. Vice President John Huenink answered questions from the interested bidders. Kraus-Anderson was hired by the school to manage the construction project. The bids will be opened on Tuesday.

School officials hope demolition of the high school will begin Oct. 11. Huenink expects the project will take six to eight weeks.

The high school's architect, Perkins+Will, is working on the design and concept of the new school. At a Monday input meeting, the public talked about what they'd like to see in the new high school. Wadena-Deer Creek school staff will share their thoughts in a similar meeting with Perkins+Will next Monday.

For updates on the high school project, visit the school's website at