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Friends, volunteers and businesses help families who lost their homes in Willmar tornado

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WILLMAR -- Recovery efforts were in full force over the weekend after a Friday evening twister ripped through two businesses on the southeast edge of Willmar and plowed down three rural homes and several turkey barns.

Mild weather Saturday and Sunday helped the cleanup go well, but strong winds blew grit, field dirt and sawdust into eyes and faces to provide just one more reminder of the tornado that seemed to pop out of nowhere on Friday.

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