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Published September 02, 2013, 04:29 PM

New football field in Northwood comes 6 years after deadly tornado

A tornado devastated the town of Northwood, North Dakota, in August of 2007. Since then, residents have built new homes, a new school, and now: A new football field.

A tornado devastated the town of Northwood, North Dakota, in August of 2007.

Since then, residents have built new homes, a new school, and now: A new football field.

These images show the rubble Northwood was left with after a deadly tornado ripped through the town of about 1,000 people.

Next to the new school was a farm field before part of the tornado touched down six years ago. Now, there's a new field here bringing a different kind of touchdowns.

The Northwood Thunder take on New Rockford-Sheyenne in the first game ever played on Tyler Field. For Thunder fullback Tyler Holden, there's a lot of firsts tonight.

Tyler Holden- Northwood Football Player: “The first game was really special; the grand opening on Tyler Field. My name is Tyler, so it was pretty cool; and got the first touchdown on Tyler Field, so it was pretty awesome.”

David Holden- Tyler's Dad: “To have a Tyler make the touchdown, that was really icing on the cake.”

Tyler's mom, Teri, congratulates her son after his big game. She says Northwood and the surrounding communities have come a long way since the tornado.

Teri Holden- Tyler’s Mom: “It just totally devastated the whole town, but we've come together; both towns, and made it work.”

That sense of teamwork carries over on the field. Opponents give each other a hand, the water boys rush to do their job well and they share some laughs while they're at it.

Nearly $55,000 was raised to build Tyler Field. John Hutchison helped organize the fundraising efforts.

John Hutchison- Helped with Fundraising: “It's made for football, and we're happy to be in our own place.”

It's named Tyler Field after longtime Northwood football coach Otto Tyler, who died of cancer a few years ago.

John: “I taught with Coach Tyler for over 30 years, and now, to have a chance to dedicate this to him and name the field after him has been fun.”

The Thunder caps off the night with a 35 to 14 win.

There are still a few things left to complete at the new field, including the press box, but organizers say it will be done this season.

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