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Long Term Recovery aided by grant, donations, volunteers

Summer volunteers, fundraising efforts and a Small Cities Grant have helped the Wadena-Otter Tail Long Term Recovery Committee to keep moving forward in post-tornado rebuilding.

Volunteer Coordinator Tanya Nelson said the Long Term Recovery Committee had a house moved into Almora through Habitat for Humanity, and they are also starting the foundation for a second home in Almora and working on another home north of Wadena.

"We've had some wonderful volunteer groups here from Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska - they've been doing marvelous work, great groups," she said. "We still have some work to do, so we're still seeking volunteers."

Nelson said they had a very eventful past few weeks and that June and July were very busy with volunteers, especially out of state volunteers. Besides large projects like entire houses, there are small projects.

"We anticipate needing help for the next few months here to finish projects we have going," she said.

Earlier this summer, it was announced that Wadena is receiving a $482,962 Small Cities DEED grant to help with housing rehabilitation.

"We have some clients who will be able to utilize that to complete or finish and in some cases even start the repairs on their homes they need to do," Nelson said, adding that Case Manager Wendy Molstad will be working with the Small Cities Grant Committee.

The Schwann's truckload sales and fundraiser with pre-orders had a total sales of $2,431.75, of which the Long Term Recovery Committee received 15 percent -- $364.76, according to Marsha Black.