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Demolition of old Ford building clears the way for new J&B store

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In the end it didn't even need a wrecking ball. One pull of an excavator claw sent the old Ford dealership in Park Rapids crumbling down with barely a whimper.

Don Wilkins watched early Sunday morning as clouds of dust, bats and pigeons flew into the sky.

"I've learned to stand downwind of these things," he said as a huge cloud of dust, soot and minuscule building particles seeped north.

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