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One week after storms, Brainerd Lakes area still piecing itself back together

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Just a week after storms rocked the Brainerd Lakes area, most power has been restored to the area and local resorts are looking to reopen soon.

Madden's on Gull Lake announced that its power is back and that it will reopen two-thirds of its buildings on Tuesday, July 28, WCCO reports.

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The resort opened its restaurant and driving range late last week.

Cragun’s Resort also has power and hopes to be fully operational again by Friday. In the meantime, it is housing 70-180 power workers who are helping get the area back on its feet.

Storms ravaged the resort area Sunday, July 12, reaching 100 mph in some areas, which the Brainerd Dispatch reports falls into Category 2 hurricane force. Hundred were evacuated from homes cabins and resorts.

Gov. Mark Dayton and U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan visited the area Friday, declaring it "still open for business."

As of Friday 1,538 customers were still without power, but Minnesota Power told the Brainerd Dispatch most customers would have their power restored by Sunday.

Todd County also declared a state of emergency, estimating it sustained more than $250,000 in damages. It joins Cass, Crow Wing and Wadena counties in the state of emergency declaration.

For Wadena County, preliminary estimates find $336,000 in damage.

However, the Star Tribune reports the storm damage hasn't kept some Minnesotans from canceling their vacations, while volunteers are pitching in to clear debris, and resort owners are collaborating to make accommodations.

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