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In May 2004 a tornado devistated a small Nebraska town, nearly wiping it from the map.
These photos are from the next day,
  • 5/23/04 Hallam Neb,From left Karl Hartman, Curtis Schwaninger, Joetta Schwaninger, and Phyllis Hartman listen as Joetta lead them all in prayer Sunday morning.  The Schwaninger's house was destroyed while they were at a graduation in Lincoln Neb.  Their house is about 1/2 mile east of Hallam, Neb.  The HartmanÕs are family friends of the Schwaningers that came over to help clean up.  The Schwaningers have had the house about nine years. (Photo by Chris Machian/Machian Photo)
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  • 5/23/04 Firth, Neb.  The bleachers on the softball field at Norris School District 160 near Firth Neb are bent into a metal ball due to a tornado.  Also bats and balls were scattered all over the field.   The school sustained severe damage in Saturday night's tornadoes.  The school, according to Superintendent Roy Baker,  housed about 1,700 students from pre-kindergarten through high school.  The last day of classes was Friday for the students although there were some middle school teachers inside at the time according to Baker. "The day after the tornado, it's hard to imagine kids coming back on time in August," said Baker. (Photo by Chris Machian/Machian Photo)
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  • 5/23/04 Firth, Neb.  The outfield fence on the softball field at Norris School District 160 near Firth Neb was bent due to a tornado.  Also bats and balls were scattered all over the field.  The school sustained severe damage in Saturday night's tornadoes.  The school, according to Superintendent Roy Baker, housed about 1,700 students from pre-kindergarten through high school.  The last day of classes was Friday for the students although there were some middle school teachers inside at the time according to Baker. "The day after the tornado, it's hard to imagine kids coming back on time in August," said Baker. (Photo by Chris Machian/Machian Photo)
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  • 5/23/04 Firth, Neb.  The scoreboard on the football field at Norris School District 160 near Firth Neb was bent due to a tornado.  The school sustained severe damage in Saturday night's tornadoes.  The school, according to Superintendent Roy Baker  housed about 1,700 students from pre-kindergarten through high school.  The last day of classes was Friday for the students although there were some middle school teachers inside at the time according to Baker. "The day after the tornado, it's hard to imagine kids coming back on time in August," said Baker. (Photo by Chris Machian/Machian Photo)
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  • 5/23/04 Firth, Neb.  This nine-passenger van was one of several thrown a few hundred feet at Norris School District 160 near Firth Neb.  The school sustained severe damage in Saturday night's tornadoes.  The school, according to Superintendent Roy Baker  housed about 1,700 students from pre-kindergarten through high school.  The last day of classes was Friday for the students although there were some middle school teachers inside at the time according to Baker. "The day after the tornado, it's hard to imagine kids coming back on time in August," said Baker. (Photo by Chris Machian/Machian Photo)
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  • 5/23/04 Firth, Neb.  This nine-passenger van was one of several thrown a few hundred feet at Norris School District 160 near Firth Neb.  The school sustained severe damage in Saturday night's tornadoes.  The school, according to Superintendent Roy Baker  housed about 1,700 students from pre-kindergarten through high school.  The last day of classes was Friday for the students although there were some middle school teachers inside at the time according to Baker. "The day after the tornado, it's hard to imagine kids coming back on time in August," said Baker. (Photo by Chris Machian/Machian Photo)
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  • 5/23/04 Firth, Neb.  The remains of the Dennis J. Nosal Performing Arts Center at Norris School District 160 near Firth Neb.  The school sustained severe damage in Saturday night's tornadoes.  The school, according to Superintendent Roy Baker  housed about 1,700 students from pre-kindergarten through high school.  The last day of classes was Friday for the students although there were some middle school teachers inside at the time according to Baker. "The day after the tornado, it's hard to imagine kids coming back on time in August," said Baker. (Photo by Chris Machian/Machian Photo)
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  • 5/23/04 Hallam Neb, From left Curtis Schwaninger, Karl Hartman, and Joetta Schwaninger, rest while cleaning the mess from a tornado.  The Schwaninger's house was destroyed while they were at a graduation in Lincoln Neb.  Their house is about 1/2 mile east of Hallam, Neb.  Hartman is a family friend of the Schwaningers, and along with his wife, Phyllis came over to help clean up.  The Schwaningers have had the house about nine years.  (Photo by Chris Machian/Machian Photo)
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  • 5/23/04 Hallam Neb, A book with an ironic title lies in the ruble of Curtis and Joetta Schwaninger's house, about 1/2 mile east of Hallam, Neb. <br />
The Schwaninger's house was destroyed while they were at a graduation in Lincoln Neb. The Schwaningers have had the house about nine years.  (Photo by Chris Machian/Machian Photo)
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  • 5/23/04 Hallam Neb, Curtis Schwaninger picks up a chair from the ruins in the his and his wife, Joetta's, house about 1/2 mile east of Hallam, Neb. <br />
The Schwaninger's house was destroyed while they were at a graduation in Lincoln Neb. The Schwaningers have had the house about nine years.  (Photo by Chris Machian/Machian Photo)
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  • 5/23/04 Firth, Neb.  This nine-passenger van was one of several thrown a few hundred feet at Norris School District 160 near Firth Neb.  The school sustained severe damage in Saturday night's tornadoes.  The school, according to Superintendent Roy Baker  housed about 1,700 students from pre-kindergarten through high school.  The last day of classes was Friday for the students although there were some middle school teachers inside at the time according to Baker. "The day after the tornado, it's hard to imagine kids coming back on time in August," said Baker. (Photo by Chris Machian/Machian Photo)
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