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Small Minn. Town Continues Tornado Repairs

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Damage from the tornado that tore through Wadena, Minn. on Jun 17, 2010. (credit: Ryan Korkowski)

Damage from the tornado that tore through Wadena, Minn. on Jun 17, 2010. (credit: Ryan Korkowski)

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ALMORA, Minn. (AP) — Residents of the small Minnesota town of Almora continue repairing homes six months after a deadly outbreak of tornadoes.

The storms struck June 17, killing three people across the state. In Almora, a town of about 100 people southwest of Wadena, Mabel Wangerin is still mourning the loss of her friend Margie Schulke, who died during the storm.

Wangerin’s garage was blown down. A new garage was built in its place.

Others like Janine Cronk lost their homes entirely. Cronk’s house was replaced after her insurance company ruled it unlivable.

KSAX-TV reports most homes declared unlivable have been taken down, but not all have been rebuilt.

Residents say several renovation projects will begin this spring. Knocked-down trees will be replaced, and construction is expected to start on several houses.

(© Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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