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Photo by Rachelle Klemme Louie Roggenkamp of Sebeka Public Works takes a buzz saw to a damaged tree during storm cleanup. The Sebeka Park lost four trees and was one of the hardest hit areas of the community during the July 4 storm. A tornado warning was issued, affecting mostly central Wadena County. But as of Thursday, the National Weather Service had not determined whether damage was from a tornado or straight line winds.

Heat wave, storms batter Wadena County

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A sustained heat wave followed by a round of storms hit much of Minnesota, and Wadena County was no exception.

The county received its first 2012 tornado warning the evening of July 4 as lightning bolts overwhelmed fireworks in the night sky.

The warning impacted mostly the central area of the county, with Sebeka, Blue Grass, Nimrod and Oylen cited as being in the path of the storm between 8:50 and 9:25 p.m.

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