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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.


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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