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Published July 17, 2010, 04:45 PM

Tornado Clean Up Near Gentilly

A community pulls together to help a family in need after a tornado ripped through their farm.

A community pulls together to help a family in need after a tornado ripped through their farm.

The Crookston Mayor asked people to join in an effort today and more than fifty people showed up.

Bill and Jamie Cassavant have been picking up broken pieces of their farm.

"It's been chaos, that's a good word for it." farm owner Jamie Cassavant said.

Since a tornado tore through the center of their life exactly one month ago.

"This is so overwhelming..." Bill Cassavant said.

Sifting through the memories, and finding what remains.

"What did we have, how old was it and what did it cost to replace it. We'll be looking for stuff for a couple of years maybe." Bill said.

Today around fifty volunteers came out to help the Cassavants pick up the pieces left over from that stormy night...and friends say it's a sight to see.

"It's wonderful to see our community giving back to them, they've done so much for our community and it's time to give back." volunteer Barb Boerger said.

"Beautiful, really, it's hard to say." said family friend Edna Waller.

No words to describe what a little help means.

"Wonderful folks that took up their time and came out here, you know the pay isn't very good here." Bill said.

"All I can say is thank you, that's the only thing, it seems so small but just thankful we made it through."

People worked on the clean up for almost three hours this morning and the Cassavant's say they are closer to getting their farm back together.

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