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Northwood resident and former mayor Richard Johnson recalls the night when the 2007 tornado stormed through his quaint town of 1,000 people. "Most the town was nearly destroyed," Johnson said. "Everyone rallied together to fix the town up." (Luke Franke/Grand Forks Herald)

Northwood residents have lessons to share after devastating 2007 tornado

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When an EF-4 tornado made its way through the city of Northwood in 2007, the residents were about as prepared as any unsuspecting community could be. Many people participated in the town disaster drill at the beginning of the summer, but as the damaging wind and hail howled on Aug. 26, Mother Nature took the townspeople by surprise.

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