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David Horst column: Hortonville tornado reshapes the woods

6:54 PM, Aug. 16, 2013
A spruce is bent in a permanent bow on the Hortonville property of nature columnist David Horst. Significant damage was left in the wake of a tornado that touched down a week ago.
A spruce is bent in a permanent bow on the Hortonville property of nature columnist David Horst. Significant damage was left in the wake of a tornado that touched down a week ago.
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Destruction came to visit up on the sand hill we call home.

We were in the path of the f2 tornado that bounced through the Hortonville area a week and a half ago. The roar of the wind about 1 a.m. was so loud, sleep was not possible. I went to the bedroom window and saw trees battered by such force that they seemed to be gripping the ground with their roots to hold on.

I thought to myself, we're going to lose a few trees. There was no siren and the forecast said nothing about severe weather. The storm passed so quickly, it seemed like damage would be minimal. A walk of our land Wednesday morning showed that ...

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