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PAYNESVILLE — Paynesville High School will be one of two schools in Minnesota to receive federal grant money to build a safe room for students, staff and community members.

A multi-purpose facility will be built on school property, totaling 4,691 square feet. The structure will take a V shape, featuring two 60 foot wings.

Robert Huot is the superintendent of the Paynesville school district. He says the tragedy in Moore, Oklahoma shows the importance of the project.

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The federal government will contribute $461,633 toward the project, with a 25 percent local match of $153,878. The money was secured by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

The efforts to secure a grant began in 2011 as a joint project with the Paynesville community.

Huot says the school is excited and thankful for the help from the federal government.

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According to Huot, construction will likely begin this Summer with hopes of completion by the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year.

A second grant was awarded for a facility near Lake Traverse.

Nine kids were killed when a tornado ripped through Moore last week.

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