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Published November 30, 2009, 10:15 PM

Cracks Cancel Classes In Thief River Falls

Classes have been canceled for two days at Lincoln High School in Thief River Falls.

By: Christine Boggy, WDAZ

Classes have been canceled for two days at Lincoln High School in Thief River Falls.

This after cracks in a hallway grew larger late last week.

The interior cracks in the north wall of the 1938 wing were found last week.

Brackets were built around them until the school could get an architect in to take a look, but by Friday afternoon they had become so large that Superintendent Laine Larson felt it was necessary to cancel school.

Laine Larson/Thief River Falls Superintendent: "For the safety of our students and faculty, we felt it was necessary to cancel school until we knew what we were dealing with."

Turns out the cracks are not a sign of structural damage and just the result of the age of the building.

Shane Zutz/Lincoln High School Principal: "It's an older part of the building so just when stress happens over time, it tends to wear things out a little."

The cracks were discovered last week and were braced until an architect could take a look.

Larson: "Wednesday everything looked like it was under control and on Friday around noon I got a call from the Building and Grounds Director and he said you should come and look at it cause it had really changed."

The cracks had expanded and Larson wasn't sure if the building was safe, so she decided it was best to cancel classes. But an architect studied the building today and found it to be stable.

Larson: "The structure of the building looks really good and that there aren't concerns in that area."

Since repairs will take longer than the two days kids are gone, these walls have been built around the damaged areas so construction can continue while school is in session.

Zutz: "Some of the students had to be relocated a little bit so right now this week we got them in the computer lab and also another classroom and the week after that depending on lesson plans we'll decide where to put them."

Larson emphasized that the building is safe and there's no need for concern.

Faculty will be in tomorrow but students won't return until Wednesday.

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