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Published September 07, 2010, 11:57 AM

Minnesota students return to school

(WDAY TV) - Minnesota students are back in school, but day 1 was anything but ordinary in Wadena. The June tornado destroyed the high school.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

(WDAY TV) - Minnesota students are back in school, but day 1 was anything but ordinary in Wadena. The June tornado destroyed the high school.

Today, all those students have different schools. Upperclassmen are at M-State. 7th and 8th graders are 10-miles down the road in Deer Creek. It’s a different day for students and staff, but some things don't change. Some students were not happy to see summer vacation end.

Todd: “It was right after the tornado; you had a hundred different things that people said was going to happen.”

Desiree: “I thought that we'd just have to transfer to Sebeka or Vernale."

The school in Deer Creek had not been used since 2006.

It was back to school for students in Moorhead too. The district has little change in numbers from last year. Opening enrollment for K through 12 is more than 5,300 students. 71 more students than the district had last spring.

Administrators say numbers will likely fluctuate in the next few weeks. Kindergarten has the fewest number of students; the largest number is in the 4th grade with 450 students.

To ease any first day jitters, students at Horizon Middle School were greeted at the door with a little welcome treat. Teachers and other staff members met every student as they walked into the school today.

The 7th through 9th graders received a Moorhead Spuds pencil and a "crazy wristband." Teachers call the wrist bands the new -in- thing. It's like a rubber band, shaped like the Moorhead M.

“A lot of kids were a little reluctant getting off the bus this morning. You saw their faces, they were trudging off the bus, but when they got to the open door and saw their teachers from last year or new teachers, I think it's a great way to start the year.”

This is the 5th year the school has welcomed the students like this, the first time they've given out the wristbands.

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