3 killed, dozens injured in Minn. tornadoes

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In nearby Almora, a town of about 20 people, Schulke was killed when a twister hit her home. Her husband, Norman Schulke, suffered two broken shoulders. And in Mentor, about 50 miles southeast of Grand Forks, N.D., Michaels was killed after urging his daughter and several customers into the basement of his Cenex station.

His daughter, Heidi Michaels, told the Star Tribune of Minneapolis that Thursday was her father’s 58th birthday and he was supposed to have the day off, but came to check on the store when he heard storms were coming.

“He saved me,” she told the newspaper.

In southern Minnesota, most of the damage was confined to rural areas. Fourteen people were treated at Albert Lea Medical Center for injuries.

Freeborn County administrator John Kluever said eight homes were destroyed near Geneva. Several other tiny towns, including Armstrong and Aldon, had damage. Kluever said the storms damaged grain bins, a hog feedlot and a cattle feedlot. Several hundred hogs and a few dozen cattle were being rounded up Friday, he said.

At the Woodsides’ acreage, the modular farmhouse was gone and all that was left of the big white barn was a small piece of brick foundation, said Angie Woodside, who was there searching for family heirlooms.

“There’s really not much to take,” she said, gripping a muddy photo taken in 1972. “There’s not much to salvage.”

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Williams reported from Albert Lea. Kolpack reported from Wadena. Associated Press writers Amy Forliti in Wadena, Patrick Condon in Minneapolis and Gretchen Ehlke in Milwaukee also contributed to this report.

 

 

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