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A helping hand: Wadena electrical workers lend assistance to DL after storm

The rocking violence of a summer storm may be a wakeup call from Mother Nature for some, but for Wadena's Dave Evans and his staff, it's also a call to action.

"It's time to get to work," Evans said.

The head of Wadena's Electric Department assigned three of his men to help the City of Detroit Lakes handle damage created by last Tuesday's violent storm.

Working with the Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association (MMUA), the Wadena crew helped in clearing trees and putting power lines back up. The mutual aid association is one-way municipalities handle storm damage.

"You don't have insurance on your distribution systems," Evans said. "Just that one storm I'm sure will cost Detroit Lakes a half million dollars."

Evans said his men worked alongside volunteer crews from Brainerd and Sauk Centre as well as the Detroit Lakes crews. Evans added there could have been other crews involved.

After the F4 tornado went through Wadena in 2010 there were crews from 10-12 MMUA members supplying their help.

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