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19 businesses, 3 non-profits hit by storm in Wadena

Wadena after the tornado

Wadena Economic Development Director Dean Uselman reported 19 businesses and three non-profit organizations suffered minor to complete damage in the June 17 tornado.

Uselman presented the list to the Wadena City Council, along with a damage assessment on each.

• Wadena Hide and Fur, major structural damage

• Merickel Lumber, lost five buildings and some inventory, sign, minor damage to main building

• Hwy. 10 West Car Wash, major damage to the building

• West Side Sports, lost cold storage building and heavy damage to inventory

• Wadena Federal Credit Union, displaced with damage unknown

• Heartland Tire, lost building, some supplies and inventory

• Steffens Distributing, displaced, lost two trucks, damage to coolers, lost substantial inventory

• Wadena Inn, major damage to structure, pool area and contents

• El Tequila Restaurant shut down until repairs can be made, lost inventory and some contents

• Express Central, total loss of 36,000 square feet of sales, warehouse and inventory area

• Culligan, major damage to roof and building

• Stoneman Oil, lost storage building, perhaps more

• Leaf River Ag Service, total loss, multi-million in buildings, equipment and inventory

• Mark Stone Construction, minor damage

• Johnson Funeral Home, moderate damage

• Al Miller Construction, shop, minor damage

• Sun Rise Restaurant, moderate damage to roof

• Ferrellgas, damage to three buildings

• Hunt Seed, lost building and equipment (outside the city)

• Wadena Baseball Association, lost all lights and dugouts

• Wadena Ag Society, most structures lost, heavy damage to grounds

• Wadena Hockey/Community Center, total loss

Uselman said Heartland Tire has purchased the former Domino Ford building on U.S. Highway 10 and will relocate there. He also mentioned Wadena Inn and Grill and El Tequila were looking to rebuild and reopen quickly, possibly as soon as two weeks.