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Published June 17, 2010, 10:42 PM

Tornado Destroys Couple's Home Near Thompson

A home is gone after a tornado touched down east of Northwood and WDAZ was first on the scene where the yard was covered with everything from the owner's jeep to his fishing pole.

By: Brady Mallory, WDAZ

A home is gone after a tornado touched down east of Northwood and WDAZ was first on the scene where the yard was covered with everything from the owner's jeep to his fishing pole.

Owen Dahl and his wife Debbie lost their whole home this afternoon.

They watched from their pick-up as the tornado leveled their Northwood-area home. Dahl said he hopes to find one thing.

"I'd really like to find that wedding band."

In the piles of debris just a few miles east of Northwood, he has his wife's wedding ring on his mind.

"I don't care about anything else out here. Thirty-some years that she's put up with me," said Dahl, standing in his yard Thursday evening.

Dahl and his wife Debbie weren't home when the tornado touched down, but they were watching from their truck on Highway 15 when the tornado destroyed their home. The house is gone; farm equipment and cars thrown around like pieces of paper.

"Bee-lined right down the middle of my yard. We saw across the highway, parts of buildings and everything else going," Dahl said.

As they watched from the highway, Dahl said he and his wife thought about going into their basement; it would not have helped.

" We thought about going into the crawl space here at the house. The wind pretty much sucked everything out of the basement. I don't think we would've survived."

Amidst a yard full of scattered possessions, the only thing left standing is Dahl's welding business, but that's not the only thing he'll be able to rely on.

Amanda Hejlnea/neighbor: "We'll all pitch in. We will even bring our trucks here to help pick up the debris," said neighbor Amanda Hejlnea.

The one thing untouched by the storm? Dahl's sense of humor.

" My wife's got a good job in Northwood. She might have to go full time now instead of part time," Dahl said with a hearty laugh.

With clean-up set to begin tomorrow, Dahl said thanks to his friends and neighbors he already has 18 places to stay.

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