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Published June 18, 2010, 09:17 AM

Third Tornado Death Confirmed

An emergency official says a third death has been confirmed in a series of tornadoes that tore through Minnesota.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

ALBERT LEA, Minn. - An emergency official says a third death has been confirmed in a series of tornadoes that tore through Minnesota.

Freeborn County's Emergency Management Director Mark Roche says one person was killed at a farm in southern Minnesota when the tornadoes struck Thursday night.

Roche estimates that up to nine tornadoes churned along an 18- to 20-mile (29- to 32-kilometre) path in rural parts of the county.

He says the tornadoes damaged 40 to 60 farms, but spared communities.

An elderly woman was killed when a twister wiped out her home near Almora in Otter Tail County, in northwestern Minnesota. Farther north, officials say a man was killed when a tornado destroyed a gas station.

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