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This file photo taken from the intersection of Robbins Avenue Southwest and South First Street in Willmar shows the EF-3 tornado that struck the area last summer as it moves south of the city. The tornado damaged numerous buildings and businesses in town and destroyed a handful of local rural residences. Courtesy photo

Awareness week, drills draw attention to severe weather season

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WILLMAR -- When the sirens blare Thursday, do one thing: Plan where you'll go for shelter when the need is real.

That's the message that emergency planners in the area are working to get out as most of Minnesota observes Severe Weather Awareness Week, according to Don Ericson, emergency management director in Kandiyohi County.

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