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Diann Phillips watches what is left of her rural Menahga home smolder. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Menahga family loses everything in New Year's Eve fire

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A Menahga family is homeless after a New Year’s Eve fire burned their house to the ground.

Diann and Ken Phillips watched Wednesday morning as flames continued to lick at the remains of the frame home on Wadena County 31, two miles east of Menahga.

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Fire departments from Menahga, Park Rapids and Sebeka battled sub-zero temperatures in the futile effort.

The home they’d live in for 25 years was gone in two hours.

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