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At the boat access in Polk County Park near Mentor, Minn., pontoon boats are overturned in the water (foreground), stacked on top of each other (center) and hanging from trees (background) Friday morning after a tornado moved through the park Thursday afternoon. Herald photo by John Stennes.

Maple Lake: In the path of destruction

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MAPLE LAKE, Minn. -- Gary Gruhot stopped in at Harlan's Boats R-Us in Mentor, Minn., on Friday to buy a new pontoon, even though there was no electrical power in the building, so owner Harlan Kirkeide couldn't get it ready for him.

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Gruhot, who lives in Argyle, Minn., has a camper at Polk County Campground on Maple Lake, which took a direct hit from Thursday's deadly tornado that carved a wide swath through this lake country about 50 miles southeast of Grand Forks.

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