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Family Likely to Lose Farm in Granite Falls Tornadoes

Aired July 26, 2000 - 2:11 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: They are assessing damage today in Granite Falls, Minnesota. One person was killed, more than a dozen others injured after at least one very destructive tornado swept through that small town last night.

Folks reported seeing as many as five funnel clouds in the area. Hundreds of homes have been damaged. The Minnesota governor, Jesse Ventura, has sent in the National Guard to help out today.

Reporter Dave Huddleston (ph) of CNN affiliate WCCO in Minneapolis has the story of one family-owned farm, torn apart by the powerful storm.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

DAVE HUDDLESTON, WCCO REPORTER (voice-over): This is all that's left. For two generations this farm has been in the Peterson family. And after last night, Doug and Connie say it may be time to give up the land, the business, the home that's been here for years.

DOUG PETERSON: We've taken pride in keeping it up. But I don't know if it's worth putting back together now.

HUDDLESTON: Doug wasn't home when the tornado blew through his house. When he approached the farmstead and saw the damage, he was devastated.

D. PETERSON: As soon as I got around the corner, I knew it was bad.

HUDDLESTON: Connie Peterson was home with their son, she says it all happened so fast it was over in seconds.

CONNIE PETERSON: And glass was flying and all of a sudden, we looked out and there's nothing left but our house, part of it, most of it.

D. PETERSON: There was a dairy barn that sat over here. There's three silos gone. We've fed cattle for many years up in the feed lot up here. That shed is all gone, green bin, three-car garage, there's two Toyotas sitting back in there somewhere.

HUDDLESTON (on camera): This may be the end of the family farm.

D. PETERSON: It might be the end of the family farm, yes.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

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