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Douglas Swenson holds his son, Douglas Jr., known to his classmates as "Ole," a fifth-grader at Norman County East. Special to The Forum

Norman County families dealing with loss

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NORMAN COUNTY, Minn. - It's been an extra-harsh winter for families in Norman County, Minn.

Five men with children or relatives in the Norman County East School District have died since December.

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In February, funerals for Douglas Swenson, 47, of Gary, Minn., and Sidney Riepe, 49, of Twin Valley, were held within days of each other.

Riepe died in a farm accident.

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