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This is a story about being in the right place at a wrong time.

Dr. Debra Hagel, a home care physical therapist, was driving back to her home near Miltona at about 4 p.m. on June 17, the day a series of tornadoes swept through the state.


She was about five miles west of Parkers Prairie when she received an urgent cell phone call from her husband.

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Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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