Never let it be said that you can get bored living in Minnesota. The weather will take care of that.
What happened to those nice clean fields that were just waiting for someone to come and cover them with growing crops? They got covered up alright, but it looks like snow instead!
We can laugh at the weather man when weather conditions don’t meet our expectations, but one has to admit they weren’t too far out of the ballpark on this one. Wind, rain, tornados and then snow came all within just a few days of each other.
I heard one farmer say, “We really did need the moisture.” No one can deny the snow isn’t beautiful and plentiful.
Thanks again to those who didn’t dillydally around and quickly got to work, in regards to the clean-up that needed to be done following the March 6 storm. A good share of the mess was gone or taken care of before the next change of weather came along and we saw all the snow coming down.
A tornado is a mysterious thing. It can destroy massive new buildings but leave something small standing untouched.
Tornados move fast, Karen Quam found out. She barely heard the wind when her house started to jiggle, which perhaps didn’t demolish it, but made it unlivable at this time. There was no use for Steve and Karen to go to their basement; it had blown over before it started. The tornado damaged a great deal in just a few minutes in regards to the roof of their 150-year-old house. It also took the four-stall garage completely.
Despite all the destruction they experienced, Steve and Karen said they were glad that the tornado didn’t take their whole house and that their horses were uninjured.
Through the years we have integrated a few non-Scandinavians into Minnesota and they have had to learn fast how to grow strong to withstand the elements. They joked as they quickly cleaned up the recent mess the storm caused, and dusted off their hands as if it were an everyday event. That is what a Minnesotan is made up of. They help each other whether they know them or not.
These Southern Minnesotans are known for their coffee and food, and there are almost instant thoughts of getting something put together worthy of feeding all those bodies so they have energy to do the job at hand. The same goes for equipment. Somebody always has machinery or equipment on hand which they are willing to lend.
I am really proud of the students from NRHEG who came forth and helped in the cleanup in Geneva. The lesson learned that day didn’t look the same as what they would have learned in their classroom, but they did learn. I am sure the experience taught them that things can happen quickly and leave their mark. There are a lot of good young citizens in our school and we are fortunate it didn’t do them harm.
Everyone will have a story to tell regarding the weather of our recent storm, but it will all go away like the snow as they anxiously wait for bare grown again, and then the first sightings of crops. Luckily, no one was hurt. Things can be replaced but not people. I would say it was a “lucky storm.”
Though we could hardly call having the earliest tornado on record in Minnesota an honor, it makes us No. 1 like our fire fighters, first responders, volunteer athletes and public in general.
There is strength in storms, but there is also strength in the people who are subjected to them and live through them.
When one thinks about the storms that have repeatedly blasted other states, I would say we were pretty lucky here as there was so many great people who turned out to do everything they could to help.
That is why we live here!
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Birthdays and anniversaries :
• Thursday, March 16th: Ava Pospesel, Blair Pospesel, Al Batt, Cortnee Langlie, Judy Waage, Tyler Lewis Hagenbrock, Jackson Taylor William Churchill, Harold & Pat Wayne, Hugh & Karen O'Byrne
• Friday, March 17th: St. Patrick’s Day! Emma Victoria Schember, her second; Mike Cady, Ashley Marie Hagen, Shannon Weckwerth Pacholl, Dakota Ray Janning, Nicole Hanna, Patrick Wobschall, Harvey Zicafoose, Mandy Galbraith, Joel Hill, Jenifer Jensen Pietari, Kevin & Marsha Jensen
• Saturday, March 18th: Axel Jameson Ladlie (2011), Ashley Marie Hagen, Lynn Sommer Eaton, Chad Cornelius, Randy Brandt, Michelle Bartness, Dan Enzenauer, Matthew Larson, Wanda Stanley, Kent Toft, Matt & Jennifer Van Hal, Dean & Sue Westrum
• Sunday, March 19th: Samuel Bartness, his 4th; Laverne Klocek, Jill Rye, Jill Neitzell, Tyler Crabtree, Bethany Butler, Tori Lynn Sage, Wyatt Marcus Westergrin
• Monday, March 20th: Jayda Moon, Tricia Renae Hanson, Nicole Christensen, Gary Reichl, Jim Butler, Tammy Harpel Nielsen, Winfred Bergdale, Shelly Hoeve, Billy Jo Johnson Schwierjohann, and Dennis Olson
• Tuesday, March 21st: Amy Foster, John Krell, Doris Krause, Trent Steven Pence, Kelly Marie Dobberstein, Philip Ingvaldson, Pam Farr, Kent Paulson, Diane Marlin, Kelly Nelson, Brody Grunwald, Darrell & Cindy Farr
• Wednesday, March 22nd, National Goof Off Day! Gordy Carroll, Brenna Lynn Hagen, Shannon Johnson, Karin Lieberg, Bob Sommers, Leah Elaine Bergerson, Jerry Peterson, Nancy & Jerry Walterman, Dennis & Glenda Blouin
• Thursday, March 23rd, Chris Newgard, Penny Obermoller, Alan Edwardson, Troy Johnson, Troy Wagner, Jason Dwight, Alexi Jo Kitzer, Alex Dobberstein, Delaney Sue VanderSyde, Alexander James Thompson, Peter Bergerson, Chris Rutherford, Phyllis Anderson, Rick & Liz Wangsness
• Friday, March 24th, Gail Ottesen, Seth Chad Staloch, Dave Meixner, Kurt Hanson, Laurie Phagan, Angie & Cory Klemmensen, Tony & Sandra Tonsing, Lonna & Dean Broitzman
• Saturday, March 25th: Brad Hagen, Michelle Ritz, Pam Anderson, Faith Jensen Henley, Tom Marlin, Trevor Loverink, Bernice Farr Mattson, Melissa & Brandon Van Hal, their third
It is your special day. Get carried away and enjoy the day!