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MERRILL (WAOW) -- Springtime marks a season of new beginnings for people in Merrill and across the state, one month to the day after tornadoes swept through the area.
After living in his home for 35 years, Dan Sullivan said he can see some of his neighbors for the first time because the forest between them was wiped out.
"Like living in a new neighborhood, like living downtown now," said Sullivan. "Some of these houses I've never seen before from the yard. But everyday it gets a little better."
When storms swept through his neighborhood, they took a toll on many nearby homes. Sullivan said he's one of the lucky few able to fix his roof and windows and still keep his home intact. Many of his other neighbors were not so lucky.
"Everyday is a new challenge because there's so much going on now," said Sullivan.
Just down the street, one former Northern Wire employee spends his days picking up brush. Even though he's been coming for weeks, so much work has yet to be done.
"For a while, this is where I've been coming," said Allen Schattschneider. "Because not only is it on this side, but it's also on the other side that needs all that brush picked up too."
Professional workers can finally haul away some of the bigger pieces of lumber, so soon streets may be a little more clear.
"I'll be busy for a while," said Schattschneider. "No matter what day. No matter how early, how late, there's something that needs to be done and I can pick it up and do it."
The sounds of spring mix with noise from contractors, each signaling a new beginning for people who live in this neighborhood and many others around our state.
"There'll be some excitement when everybody starts building again," said Sullivan. "Next month at this time it'll look different, next year it'll look different. Once it greens out and the trees start coming back, it won't be normal, but it'll be somewhat different."
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