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Delmont looks for the new normal after tornado’s chaos

The dust of empty lots is proving to be a challenge for the community of Delmont. Pictured are, from left, City Council Member Earla Strid, long-time resident Barbara Hoffman, Mayor Mae Gunnare and Delmont Non-Profit Development Corporation President Darren Fechner. Photo by Elizabeth “Sam” Grosz

The community of Delmont, S.D., already struggled with decreasing population when an EF-2 tornado damaged or destroyed about one-third of its homes on Mother’s Day 2015. What emerged from the debris was enhanced camaraderie and the opportunity to reimagine the future. Most Dakotans know the feeling of hunkering down during severe weather, listening to roaring thunder and the suddenly angry ... Read More »

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