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An overturned bus and other damage from Thursday's tornado in Wadena is shown Friday as officials and residents went to work surveying the damage and beginning the cleanup. Officials cautioned Friday, however, that it is too soon for any large-scale volunteer efforts. (Michael Vosburg/Forum Photo Editor)

Safety a priority as cleanup begins in devastated Wadena

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WADENA -- Safety continued to be the top priority here Friday as cleanup began in the aftermath of Thursday's tornadoes.

Officials restricted access to the southwest section of the city, the hardest-hit area where downed power lines, gas leaks and scattered debris remain a hazard.

"It's devastating," said Wayne Wolden, mayor of the town of 4,300. "It's like a war zone."

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