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Benefit for tornado recovery slated April 3 in Parkers Prairie Event Center

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Benefit for tornado recovery slated April 3 in Parkers Prairie Event Center
Wadena Minnesota 314 S. Jefferson 56482

Eight months after devastating tornadoes hit areas of Otter Tail and Wadena Counties, the recovery continues.

As of March 16, the Wadena-Otter Tail Long Term Recovery committee has raised $389,972, of which $332,525 has been distributed ($147,125 in Otter Tail County and $185,400 in Wadena County). These funds have been used to help tornado victims with a variety of needs, such as housing, utilities, rent, vehicle repair and living expenses. Construction or repair has been performed on 19 homes and numerous clean-up sites.

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But much more still needs to be done. The committee still has 144 active cases totaling $1,187,000 in unmet needs -- 40 cases in Otter Tail County totaling $647,898 and 104 cases in Wadena County totaling $539,102. Fifty-nine families still need reconstruction and clean-up assistance.

To help meet some of these needs, the Parkers Prairie Ministerium is sponsoring a benefit at the Prairie Event Center on April 3 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Pancakes and sausages will be served, with a free will offering for tornado recovery. There will also be a silent auction and bake sale.

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