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Paynesville getting safe room

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May 31, 2013 at 6:29 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) State public safety officials have announced plans for two tornado safe rooms to be built in central and western Minnesota.

The Department of Public Safety says one is scheduled for Paynesville Middle and High School. The room will cover 4,691 square feet. The other will be built near Lake Traverse in western Minnesota and be available for visitors of a recreational vehicle park. That room will cover 720 square feet and be able to hold up to 122 people.

The safe rooms are being funded with federal assistance. Completion dates have not yet been determined.

The new high school in the Wadena-Deer Creek School District, which replaced the one hit by a tornado in 2010, includes a free-standing safe room that can hold 1,214 people.

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