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By Amy Bickel
Hutchinson News 

88-year-old rebuilds home after Kansas wildfire


MEDICINE LODGE, Kan. (AP) — Don Gerstner saw it as a sign from God.

At age 87, he considered retiring from his carpentry trade. He thought about it a few times before, but the phone always kept ringing.

So when his home and barn burned to the ground in the Anderson Creek wildfire, Don and his wife, Carol, saw the miracle in it all.

Their wooden garage still stood - complete with all of Don's tools.

"Someone up there was trying to tell him something," Carol said. "You aren't supposed to retire yet."

She stood on the porch of their nearly finished home, amid a rolling Gyp Hills backdrop of...

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