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Kathy Britten and her husband, Keith, lost their home in last month’s fire in Karlstad, Minn. Eric Hylden | Forum Communications

Picking up the pieces in Karlstad: Residents of fire-ravaged town work to recover life they had

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By Kevin Bonham

Forum Communications Co.

KARLSTAD – Jamie Baker was working at the nursing home here while her roommate Pam Johnson was at their rented house nearby when the evacuation order came on Oct. 2.

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A 2-day-old, wind-driven wildfire had switched direction and was sweeping toward the community.

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