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Towns rebuild, but haven’t forgotten deadly 1998 tornadoes

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COMFREY, Minn. (AP) — The town of Comfrey is planning an event to mark the deadly tornadoes that swept through the area 10 years ago.

The town of less than 400 people was devastated — and memories of the storms are still vivid. Comfrey officials estimate up to 75 percent of the buildings had to be rebuilt.

The tornadoes included a monstrous F4-strength twister that left a 67-mile-long path of destruction. In addition to Comfrey, the towns of St. Peter, Nicollet and others received major damage.

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Two people died — including a 6-year-old boy from Mankato and an 85-year-old man from Hanska. Damage was estimated to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

To mark the tragedy, Comfrey officials are holding a pork chop supper and ecumenical church service Saturday. The event will include state officials as well as emergency and aid workers who helped townspeople get back on their feet.

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Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com

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