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Brett Anderson / Special to Forum Communications

Wildfire forces evacuations, claims several homes in Karlstad

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KARLSTAD, Minn. - Laura Anderson, 16, and Aaron Wikstrom, 17, were both in class when the evacuation call went out.

"I walked into math class and it smelled like smoke," Wikstrom said.

Just a couple of hours earlier, at lunchtime, they said there hadn't been any smoke, a sign of how quickly the wildfire moved toward this town of 760 about 50 miles northeast of Grand Forks.

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