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A volunteer removes fallen branches July 12 from the base of a tree at the rural Willmar residence of Ken and Joyce Randt. The home was completely destroyed by the EF-3 tornado that moved across the Willmar area. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

For the Randts, it's been a year of healing, but the family stays positive as one


The plan was to have Ken and Joyce Randt moved into their new residence by Christmas. The one-floor home -- built by their son-in-law -- is mostly done. Furniture was delivered this week.

But the Randts, whose two-story farm home, barn and shop were obliterated in the July 11 tornado, will celebrate Christmas with their four children and 11 grandchildren in a Rochester hospital.

Ken has been in the hospital for the last six weeks and had heart surgery two weeks ago.

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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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