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The Habitat for Humanity house at 523 Union Street now sits empty. NATHAN BOWE/RECORD

Family walks away from Habitat home

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Board members for the local Habitat for Humanity organization were taken by surprise recently when the occupants of a Habitat-built home at 523 Union Street walked away, leaving almost everything behind.

“This one was a shock, to say the least,” said Steve Hanson, president of Habitat for Humanity of the Detroit Lakes Area.

“The family just walked away from everything — it’s hard for us to grasp that.”

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