DEXTER (WWJ) – The village of Dexter has a message for Mother Nature — “Don’t mess with the Dreadnaughts.” It’s part of a billboard located on Dexter-Ann Arbor Road.

The sign was placed there by Boullion Sales, a local power equipment dealer. Owner Ed Boullion said the billboard, on display since Wednesday, has become a rallying point for the town, which is still cleaning up from a tornado earlier this month. “Dreadnaughts” is the name of school district’s sports teams. It’s no coincidence it’s also the name of a 20th Century British warship.

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“I grew up in the community, I was a Dreadnaught, still am a Dreadnaught, and I still support our community. We’ve always been proud of our little town, so I guess what’s better than to say ‘We are the Dreadnaughts and the tornado isn’t going to beat us,'” said Boullion.

Boullion said the billboard, like his village, is unique — and even a tornado won’t chase residents away.

“I think this has been a pretty close community for years. Those who have moved here in the past few years have found out that this is a unique community and that we’re all pretty close,” saod Boullion.

On Saturday, local businesses are selling T-shirts with that same message. Proceeds will benefit the volunteer fire department there.

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The March 15 twister damaged more than 200 homes in the Dexter area, west of Detroit. About 20 houses were destroyed. No serious injuries were reported.

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