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Leann Scalia created two flower boxes beneath her front yard pine trees.

When God chopped down the lemon tree, she made lemonade

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When a tall tree -- a veritable monarch among trees on Jefferson Street in Wadena for the past 100 years with a 26-inch trunk -- fell victim of the July 17 tornado, it missed hitting owner Leann Scalia, by a mere 3 or 4 feet.


This giant tree was one of the reasons why she chose this house when she moved to Wadena in 2007, so seeing it now, lying at her feet, was devastating, she said. It couldn't be replaced in two lifetimes.

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