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Tornadoes, strong storms rip Midwest

By Associated Press
© St. Petersburg Times
published June 25, 2003

BUFFALO LAKE, Minn. - Tornadoes and severe storms lashed several Midwestern states Tuesday night, leveling buildings and causing at least some injuries.

In Minnesota, a tornado hit Buffalo Lake, and a dispatcher with the Renville County Sheriff's Department said there were minor injuries. Emergency crews were doing a house-to-house check to look for more victims.

Also, authorities said a tornado touched ground near Kandiyohi. Both towns are located about 70 miles west of Minneapolis.

Strong thunderstorms battered much of eastern South Dakota, where tornado warnings were issued. The town of Manchester was "virtually leveled," said a spokesman for Gov. Mike Rounds. Homes and buildings were gone and streets were torn up, but no injuries were reported.

Authorities in Nebraska reported several tornadoes Tuesday night, including three in the north-central part of the state. No injuries were reported. Two deaths from tornadoes have been reported in Nebraska this week.

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