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Groundbreaking of new Wadena-Deer Creek school set for May 6

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Wadena-Deer Creek middle/high school building will be at 3 p.m., Friday, May 6.

The public is welcome to attend to celebrate the kickoff of the new school facility for grades 5 to 12. Refreshments will be served after the ceremony on the building site grounds.

Construction of the new school is scheduled to begin later this spring and will be built on the same location of the former high school. The $38 million project is set to be completed by fall 2012.

The former high school, built in 1965, was severely damaged by the June 17, 2010 tornado, which ripped through Wadena and the surrounding area. The cost of the building project is being funded by insurance.

The school is being considered a "high-performance school" by Perkins+Will, the school's architect. High performance schools are specifically designed to create a healthy environment for learning while saving money and the environment.