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Be headstrong and trust in God, Marv and Diane Patten advise flood victims in northeast Minnesota. They were unprepared for the floodwaters that hit their home and business in Granite Falls in 1997. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny

Headstrong 1997 flood survivors find their answer

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GRANITE FALLS -- Speak up for your needs, be headstrong and trust in God.

That's the advice Marv and Diane Patten offer up for flood victims in Duluth, having been through the same in April 1997.

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"People could easily give up, they easily could,'' said Diane Patten of the struggles ahead. "We're fighters and survivors, but not everyone is.''

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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