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The living room of Crookston residents Ellen and Karl Lokken is black and melted from smoke and heat radiating from a fire that started in the nearby kitchen early Saturday morning. Photo by Kile Brewer/Grand Forks Herald

Crookston family starting over, with help after Saturday fire destroys home


It’s both the most tragic and amazing thing that Ellen Lokken said she has experienced.

In the wake of the fire that badly damaged her and her husband’s Crookston home early Saturday, a donation fund has been set up for the young couple by local community members.


“So many people are helping us and so many people we barely know,” Ellen Lokken said Monday, fighting through tears. “It’s just so amazing, the kindness that’s been shone on us.”

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John Hageman
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