The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


It's time to rebuild

Lutherans in Granite Falls, Minn., cope with tornado damage

It'll be after Christmas before Granite Falls, Minn., recovers. That's the prediction of Robert Knutson, a pastor of Granite Falls Lutheran Church, about the town of 3,200 through which a tornado ripped July 26. It damaged 310 houses, including 121 homes of congregation members. More than half of the residents — 1,800 — are members.

Twenty seven homes of members were destroyed and another 18 had major damage.

The church building wasn't hit, however, and in the two weeks following the twister volunteers served meals there to 400 people daily.

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