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From left, Jacob Nichols, 13, Tye Jantz, 12, and Joel Penner, 13, all from Iroquois, throw debris on a wood pile during the cleanup effort Friday afternoon at the farm of Chad and Sara Thompson west of Wessington Springs. The farm was hit by a tornado Wednesday evening. (Sean Ryan/The Daily Republic)

Dozens of helpers converge on tornado-stricken farm

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WESSINGTON SPRINGS -- Chad and Sara Thompson had a lot of visitors Friday.

Nearly 50 volunteers were on the Thompson farm, located about 11 miles west of Wessington Springs, to help the family pick up the scattered debris across their expansive property.

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A tornado cut through their farm yard Wednesday night, destroying four buildings and damaging multiple belts of trees.

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