Mike Johnson, supervisor of Swift County Parks, Drainage and Wetlands, cuts branches Wednesday as he and other workers, not pictured, attempt to remove the remains of as many as 200 trees the may have been snapped off or uprooted at the county park in Swift Falls. "It's bad," Johnson said of the debris created by a tornado the evening prior. Photo by Carolyn Lange

Tornado hits Minnesota family twice at two homes


SWIFT FALLS -- Carol Skarsten said she was "oblivious" to pending danger Tuesday afternoon while watching TV news about a storm warning for Swift County.

But then her husband, Sanford, came tearing in the house and told her to run to the basement.

A screaming tornado appeared to be just a couple hundred yards behind the barn, said Sanford Skarsten on Wednesday morning while standing in the debris that was strewn through the family's rural Swift Falls yard.

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