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A fire started Tuesday afternoon south of Park Rapids near U.S. Highway 71 . Structures were lost in the fire, and the town of Menahga was evacuated. (Jean Ruzicka / Park Rapids Enterprise)

Fire in Park Rapids area burns structures, forces evacuations

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By Wendy Reuer

Forum News Service

PARK RAPIDS, Minn. -- As the Rev. Jim Neubauer stood outside St. John’s Lutheran Church here, he watched the raging wildfire billow smoke into the air, looking for slight changes in the smoke’s color.

A deputy told him the shifting colors were a sign of the fire’s damage.

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