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Tuesday, July 13 Wadena Campus Update

M State - Wadena Student Services Office, Business Office, Bookstore and Adult Basic Education will be closed on Wednesday, July 14th. GED testing will still be held Wednesday evening. If you are coming to campus for testing, please enter through the south entrance.


Thursday, July 8 Wadena Campus Update

Beginning Monday, July 12, HLTH 1115 - Intro to Nursing LTC - Course ID 000251 will be held at the Central Lakes College - Staples campus. The classrooms are B212 and B240. This class runs July 12-29. We apologize for any confusion but the Nursing Labs on the M State - Wadena campus are under repair at this time.

Thursday, June 24 Wadena Campus update

Beginning Monday, June 28, major portions of the Wadena campus will be open during normal business hours. The following areas and services will be open to students, staff and general public:

  • Administration
  • Adult Basic Education
  • Bookstore
  • Business Services
  • Library
  • Student Services

To access these services, please use the southern west entrance (W7) only.

All classes temporarily relocated to the Wadena Elementary School and all newly starting classes will return to the Wadena campus. Students, please use the northeast (Cosmetology) entrance (N1). Specific room assignments will be given on Monday.

Please understand that many portions of the campus remain under restoration and repair and are not accessible. Only assigned personnel are to be in these designated and signed area.

Parking is limited to the south parking lot.

Thank you and welcome back, students!


Wednesday, June 23 Wadena Campus update

M State is happy to report that approximately 50% of the campus is open; restoration progress continues and all reports to date are positive.

  • We are anticipating returning all summer classes at the Wadena Elementary to the campus next week.
  • Classes scheduled in Verndale and Staples will remain at those locations through the remainder of the term.
  • Cosmetology classes will resume on Monday, June 28 at the M State Wadena campus.
  • Adult Basic Education services will resume on Monday, June 28 at the M State Wadena campus.

Summer courses resume Wednesday, June 23*

Summer courses at Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Wadena, which suffered substantial damage in a tornado on June 17, will resume at locations around the area beginning Wednesday, June 23.

Courses will be held at their regularly scheduled times at these locations:

  • General studies classes at the Wadena elementary school
  • Anthropology, anatomy and physiology at the Central Lakes College campus in Staples
  • Computer classes at Verndale High School.

* Cosmetology and Adult Basic Education classes will resume on Monday, June 28, on the M State - Wadena campus.

Follow these links to the location of the relocated classes.


Staff to Report to M State - Wadena on Wednesday, June 23

Staff at Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Wadena are asked to report to work on Wednesday, June 23, at their regular work times. Employees should park in the south parking lot and enter the college through the S-6 entrance. Please report to your work stations only and wait for an all-staff meeting to be announced; subsequent operating procedures and campus updates will be given at that meeting.


Updates - Monday, June 21st

Later this afternoon, staff will be placing calls to all enrolled summer students to inform you of the location of your class.

Please continue checking this page for continued updates.

Campus Closed - June 21st - 22nd

The Wadena campus of Minnesota State Community and Technical College, which sustained substantial damage during Thursday's tornado, will be closed Monday and Tuesday, June 21 and 22.

After Tuesday, employees and students should check the web site for updates/changes to their class location.

Updates - Sunday, June 20th

After visiting the Wadena campus of Minnesota State Community and Technical College on Sunday, the chancellor of the state's university system pledged that the campus will resume its summer courses and work toward fully reopening the campus for classes in fall 2010.

James McCormick, chancellor of the Minnesota State College and University system, toured the campus on Sunday, three days after the campus and the community suffered major damage during a tornado. McCormick was accompanied by Wayne Wolden, who is the mayor of Wadena and the M State business manager, and several other college staff members.

In an e-mail to staff members, M State President Ann Valentine said that the chancellor "was particularly moved by the personal losses in the community and pledged full support of the MnSCU system in assisting the campus to successfully continue its mission."

Valentine said college officials are committed to restoring operations and campus functions as quickly as possible. M State - Wadena Provost Cris Valdez is scheduled to meet Monday with Wadena School Superintendent Virginia Dahlstrom to discuss the possibility of holding college summer courses in a Wadena elementary school.

"We have been in Wadena for 50 years, our intent and commitment is to be here for at least 50 more years," Valentine said in a meeting with local media.

M State - Wadena employees had been asked to call Valdez at 218-849-5809. Monday, Valdez will begin contacting the employees who have not yet contacted him.

Damage assessments at the Wadena campus are ongoing, and staff and students have been asked to stay away from the campus through Tuesday, June 22.

Please check this site for updates as college officials are able to further assess damage on the M State - Wadena campus and finalize plans for the resumption of summer classes.


Updates - Saturday, June 19

  • We have energized a generator to provide minimal server systems on campus.
  • Service Master visited the campus for an initial examination and the company will begin interior clean up on Monday morning.
  • Mayor Wolden toured the campus and we were able to meet briefly with Senator Klobuchar during her visit to the community.
  • We anticipate having electricity for the south portion of the campus by Sunday.
  • We anticipate inspection officials will conduct initial tours of the campus on Monday.
  • We will review Continuity of Operations Planning on Monday regarding summer classes and operations; faculty instructing this summer may receive phone calls from administration or staff to assist with this

While the community is accepting volunteers, we remind you that NO ONE is allowed on the campus. There was severe damage and the building has not yet been inspected for safety. We will let you know as soon as possible, as we know that emplyees will want access to their belongings there. Some areas of the building are dry and clean, but others are ruined. There was very significant roof damage to the whole facility.


The community of Wadena is now taking volunteers to assist with clean up. Dr. Valdez has been working on "calling the roll" for all Wadena employees to ensure their well-being. If you would like to help your colleagues with their homes, you are asked to report to the old Pamida building on Highway 71.

Last modified: July 13th, 2010 at 03:56pm