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'Twisted Together' book sales closing in on $10,000

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The devastation of the June 2010 EF4 tornado was put onto pages in "Twisted Together by an EF4," a collection of images, information and stories documenting the tornado. The book sales have been very successful from the start.

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"We sold our first round of 500 books within two weeks," said Sandi Pratt, director of the Wadena County Historical Society. The popularity of "Twisted Together" stunned Pratt. "All I anticipated to do was to have a book written and to sell a few, but I had no idea it would be like this. It's just wonderful."

WCHS received grant money to help fund the project including grants from Bottemiller Foundation, Browne Foundation, Lamson Foundation, Cindy and Gerry McCullough, John and Ann Pate, Kent and Shaneen Schmidt, Tim and Gingie Schmitt, and Matt Yelle. "We are so grateful for their donations," Pratt added.

WCHS also found help from the Minnesota Historical Society.

"They gave us a legacy grant for $10,000," Pratt explained. The Wadena Historical Society teamed up with the Minnesota Historical Society and MagCloud, an online business publication company.

"We gave them all the information, pictures, and everything that had to go in it, but they pretty much made the book for us," Pratt explained. "They did all the editing, graphic work and putting it all together."

The book hasn't impressed just Wadena residents, either. "This has been a very popular memento with purchases coming from many libraries and book stores from far and wide," Pratt stated. "It's incredible with so many purchases from Wadena and many other states."

So far, 550 books have been sold. "After expenses, we have reaped $9,713.25, which will be divided equally between the Long Term Recovery Committee and the Wadena County Historical Society," Pratt said.

People still wanting to buy "Twisted Together by an EF4" don't have to worry. "We'll always be having more books," Pratt said. "It's a nice souvenir for the people. Plus, it's a nice fundraiser for the Long Term Recovery. The Long Term Recovery is going to give it to the victims. The other half is good to keep us going; it keeps our doors open."

Tornado books are sold for $20 at the Wadena County Historical Society, the Long Term Recovery office in the old Borealis Book store location, Thrifty White, An Open Book and Ben Franklin, all in Wadena. Books are also available online at www.mlevad.magcloud.com.

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