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Tom Mikelson is seen in the kitchen of his home as a red barn looms in the background. The barn was built to replace another barn destroyed in the July 11 tornado. The previous barn had been fixed up by the Mikelsons' late son, Adam, who used it to practice his basketball skills. Tribune photo by Bill Zimmer

A look back at the July 11 twister and families who have rebuilt


Ever since emerging from their basement after the July 11 tornado struck their picturesque hobby farm southwest of Willmar, Tom and Linda Mikelson have been cleaning and rebuilding.

For nearly six solid months, the family, church and school volunteers and contracted carpenters have been working non-stop. What was destroyed "in a blink of an eye" has taken countless hours to restore, Linda said.

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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