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An estimated 650 students, faculty members and administrators took part in a statewide tornado drill April 17, 2013, by filing into the safe room at the Wadena-Deer Creek Middle/High School. The room is designed to hold approximately 1,200 occupants and withstand an F-5 tornado. Brian Hansel / Forum News Service

No standard haven from tornadoes at area schools

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FARGO – After a tornado unleashed its power on Wadena (Minn.) High School on June 17, 2010, the school was so heavily damaged it had to be torn down and rebuilt.

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When the new $40 million school reopened in Wadena last fall, it included a tornado-proof gymnasium big enough to shelter 1,200 people. It has walls made of concrete one foot thick.

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