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Derek Knowles’ home barely missed the inferno that roared through his property one year ago. The tree cleanup has begun. PARK RAPIDS ENTERPRISE/Sarah Smith

One year later; the Green Valley Fire

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PARK RAPIDS, Minn. -- “She was a hot one!” Russ Knowles said as he recalled watching a raging wildfire blow past his Wadena County home, taking his garage with it.

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Across the road, his son, Derek, had just lost 1,000 Norway pines close to his home.

It was May 14, 2013.

A new steel garage stands on the Russ Knowles property south of Park Rapids. A child’s firetruck sits in Derek Knowles’ front yard, silent testimony to what the area experienced.

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