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Towns rebuild, but haven’t forgotten deadly 1998 tornadoes
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.
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.
Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com