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Community on mend after tornado

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The small community of Prairieburg continues to rebuild one week after a tornado rocks the area. 

People in Prairieburg have made a lot of progress since last week. Much of town has cleaned up scattered tree limbs, branches, and debris. 

For some, the clean-up is just the beginning. Nagel Grain, a long-time family business, was one of the hardest hit after the tornado. Darren Paustian, has been working to clear off the debris left from the building. 

"Keep going," said Paustian. "We don't know anything else. Keep going. I've been doing this twenty-five years. Father in law has probably been doing this fifty-five years probably."

Paustian says they're not stopping anytime soon. The family already has plans to rebuild and lay concrete down soon. 

Across town, a family gets a different look at the path of the EF-2 tornado. Endless tress were snapped in half and blown into the McNamara's cornfield. 

Dorris McNamara, who was trapped under her garage when the tornado tore through her farm, has since came home from the hospital. She is making a full recovery, despite dealing with the devastation. 

Her son Ken McNamara has been busy helping to clean up the destruction while his mom recovers.

"I thinks he was probably in shock and still is," said McNamara. "She just don't realize it."

Like McNamara, much of the community is still on the mend. 

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