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Published June 20, 2011, 07:10 PM

Almora still recovering from tornadoes

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - While the town of Wadena, Minnesota is marking the one year anniversary of the devastating tornado, people living in nearby Almora are still trying to piece together their tiny town.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Volunteers coming there from all over are making that happen. At least two families are seeing their lives changing, this time, for the better.

Minutes before the tornado hit Wadena, it leveled homes like these in Almora. It also claimed the life of Margie Schulke. But today in Almora, volunteers with Midwest Disaster Response out of Aberdeen, South Dakota, worked alongside Otter Tail County Sentence to Serve volunteers to prepare this site for a new home for Margie Schukle's husband who was thrown from the home during the tornado, but survived.

Tim Anderson – Midwest Disaster Resonse: “We go to places that do not qualify for government assistance our clients are people who do not qualify for other programs they have no money or insurance. “

Midwest Disaster Response is not only putting up a new home for Norman, but when it is completed items and help Norman furnish the home. And across the gravel road, at the Cronk farm, high school students and other church volunteers from Lanesboro Minnesota, picked up tornado debris that still littered the yard a year later. The family moved in a new home, and has started over

Janine Cronk – Tornado Victim: “Emotionally a big rollercoaster, ups and downs, and storms come thru now I get anxious for some reason.”

The volunteers from Lanesboro, eager to help this family and others in Almora move one. Glad to help everyone sorry it happened in the first place but glad to help. This is week two of clean up week here in Almora, one year after one night, changed the lives of everyone here Otter Tail County's Habitat for Humanity is donating two homes to families in Almora as part of the re-building effort.

For more on Midwest Disaster Response and donations to them, go to and click on easy link.