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Published December 12, 2010, 09:15 AM

Students return to school after being displaced by a fire

Lidgerwood, ND (WDAY TV) - Students in Lidgerwood are slowly getting back into their normal routines at their own school. This after a fire last month displaced more than 100 of them.

Alecia Reich: “I was super happy.”

Elementary school kids in Lidgerwood are back in their own school after a month long absence. Teachers said crowded areas and noise levels caused grades to dip over the last month, but that has already turned around.

Reich: “I've seen them happier, they are excited to get back, and yeah I would say the academics are better. I've seen the concentration levels better.”

The November 8th fire caused damage to the whole school. Even though the fire was started in the High School wing, the elementary wing still had extensive smoke damage

Wayne Hinrichs: “I know the teachers are happy, the students are happy. It makes for a good time; the only thing I say is we're missing part of our group.”

While elementary students are already back in their own building, seventh through twelfth graders are still displaced throughout Lidgerwood and surrounding communities. And administrators say it could be up to three months before they're back.

Hinrichs: “When I see them, the first thing out of their mouth is "When can we come home Mr. Hinrichs?"

Right now High School students are being bussed to and from Wyndmere, and teachers are frustrated with the extra 30 mile drive everyday. But Hinrichs expects every one to be back under one roof by the end of February.

Hinrichs: “We have one goal in mind, and that's to do what we need to do to get the job done.”

The damaged gym has been repaired.