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Tornado-damaged ranch celebrates reopening

LITTLE SIOUX (KWWL)-- It's been nearly 11 months since an E-F-3 tornado struck a boy scout camp in northwest Iowa. Saturday, it was a day of new beginnings.  On June 11th, 2008, the tornado ripped through the ranch, killing four boys and injuring 48 others.

Saturday, nearly 1,000 Boy Scouts celebrated the grand reopening of the Little Sioux Ranch.

Lt. Gen. Ron Dardis, Executive Director of the Rebuild Iowa Office, delivered remarks.  The Mid-America Boy Scouts Council will hold a press conference following the ceremony.

"It just makes me feel good. It really does. It's what we've all been shooting for, to see these kids smile. To see the kids not be afraid to come up here, and I don't think they are," said Camp Project Manager Dennis Deters.

The new welcome center is the first of six new buildings that will be built with concrete walls.  The structures are able to withstand winds up to 250 mph.

Online Producer: Mike Verlo

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