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Published June 18, 2010, 06:24 PM

Clean-Up Begins for Home Near Northwood

Owen and Debbie Dahl's home just east of Northwood was destroyed by a tornado yesterday afternoon. Friends, family, and members from around the community brought tractors and other large trucks to the site today to help the Dahl's clean up.

By: Meagan Millage, WDAZ

"When you have nature's house cleaner come through you kind of realize what's worth something and what really wasn't worth keeping," homeowner Owen Dahl says.

Owen and Debbie Dahl's "house cleaner" came in the form of a tornado that destroyed their home just a few miles east of Northwood yesterday.

Today, there is everything from Legos to silverware, to mangled Christmas lights thrown around their 14 acres of land and into neighboring fields.

"Well, mostly its been junk.. We've mostly found junk, but I'm still looking for my wife's jewelery," Dahl says.

With all the debris, friends and family from the surrounding communities are coming out with large tractors and big equipment to help them clean up.

"Part of it, I think, has to do with people know what it takes to clean up after something like this. But I think also, Owen and Debbie and the family is, you know, pretty well-established in the community- people know who they are. And they have a lot of friends and a lot of people that care about them. So it's been nice to see a lot of people coming out to help them," Justin Steward, Dahl's son-in-law, says.

As large tractors and loaders haul away fallen trees and pieces of their house, Owen is staying positive and looking into the future.

"We'll clean up the mess, we'll start all over. We're going to miss our trees tremendously. We had a beautiful yard of trees and they're all going to be gone. But they'll grow back eventually too. But we're definitely staying, tornado can't chase us off.." Dahl says.

The tornado cut a path about one-fourth of a mile wide and destroyed almost everything on the Dahl's property.. Except Owen's Welding Shop.