After year of rebuilding, scars of wildfire remain
PARK RAPIDS, Minn. -- “She was a hot one!” Russ Knowles said as he recalled watching a raging wildfire blow past his Wadena County home, taking his garage with it.
Across the road, his son, Derek, had just lost 1,000 Norway pines close to his home.
It was May 14, 2013.
A new steel garage stands on the Russ Knowles property south of Park Rapids. A child’s firetruck sits in Derek Knowles’ front yard, silent testimony to what the area experienced.
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