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Barneveld Tornado's 25th anniversary

Barneveld, WI on June 8, 1984 Barneveld, WI on June 8, 1984

BARNEVELD (WKOW) -- On June 8, 1984, a powerful F5 tornado tore through the small community of Barneveld. 

It killed 9 people and injured more than 200.  The storm also destroyed 90% of the town.

"It was a hot, sticky, humid night," said Mary Ann Myers, who served on the village board at the time.  "We count our blessings.  We think how lucky we've been for all those people who reached out to us."

Gale Manteufel's home was destroyed.  The next day, digging through rubble, he found a pamphlet from another church in town that had blown into the debris from his home.

"It was Ecclesiastes Ch. 5. 'Time to mourn, time to cry, time to rebuild,'" said Manteufel. 

That scripture, he says, motivated him and his wife to stay in Barneveld and also later to donate part of their land for the building of a new church.

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