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Associated Press, Published April 10 2013

Outage forces SW Minn. assisted living evacuation

HILLS, Minn. — Residents have been evacuated from an assisted living center in southwestern Minnesota after an ice storm knocked out power.

Twenty assisted-living residents from Tuff Memorial Home in Hills were moved Wednesday to the center's 50-bed nursing home.

Maintenance supervisor Stan Van Wyhe says the nursing home is running on a generator.

Van Wyhe says the nursing home has placed cots and recliners in the chapel for the extra residents. He says up to 70 people may be staying at the nursing home Wednesday night, but some residents might be picked up by relatives who have electricity.

Van Wyhe says there is plenty of food and medication on hand. He says the outage could last two to four days.

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