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    Posted May 21, 2012 by
    Joplin, Missouri
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Joplin tornado: One year later

    gdeardorff and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Joplin tornado
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    Joplin-One Year Later


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     gdeardorff has compiled his photos and stories from the Joplin tornado in a digital book available here. Five dollars from every purchase will go to the organizations Rebuild Joplin and Joplin Bright Futures.
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    On May 19, 2012 I visited the same locations that I had been one year earlier when I photographed the immediate aftermath of the tornado that struck Joplin on May 22, 2011. The locations are the same, but the landscape has changed in the past year nearly as much as it changed in the few minutes it took for the tornado to pass. It is healing to see the places where so much destruction occurred rebuilding into a new, clean, hopeful Joplin.
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