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A tree left a hole in the living room of Katie Clausen and Kevin Lindquist's home Aug. 13

After storm, recovery takes work

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Katie Clausen doesn't like the word "condemned." To her, it's got a negative connotation. "Uninhabitable" doesn't really sound any better.

Regardless, both words apply when it comes to describing the home she shares with boyfriend Kevin Lindquist. One month after a tornado shoved a tree through their living room wall, ripped more than half of the roof off and lifted the garage off its foundation, Clausen and Lindquist still can't stay in their home.

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Michelle Leonard
Michelle Leonard started covering the Farmington community in June, 1994. Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the Farmington American Legion Auxiliary Unit 189, and acts as the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 
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