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Bob Randall's home was one of the many destroyed by Thursday's tornado in southwest Wadena. He and his family were working Sunday to board up broken windows and patch holes in the roof. (Carrie Snyder/The Forum)

Residents of hard-hit area of Wadena begin cleanup

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WADENA -- When Maria Marthaler emerged from her basement and looked out her blown-out picture window after Thursday's tornado, she couldn't believe what she saw.

"All I could say was 'Oh my God,'" Marthaler said Sunday as she and her family began the cleanup on their southwest Wadena home.

The extent of the damage to this neighborhood was still sinking in with many homeowners Sunday as law enforcement relaxed restrictions on this hard-hit area of town.

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