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PAGE 2 July- ]4, 2016 "From the Heart" To be honest, I was hoping last I know media sometimes gets a May's tornado in Kimball would "pass" on this, but I wasn't going be as close as I'd get to a disaster, to press it. I tried to find out any- (There was lots of tree damage, thing, but the poor guy had just and minor structural damage, but been sent there from Clear Lake no injuries.) That now seems like a to control traffic. Dozens of cars sneeze compared to this one.came up and were turned away; We were expecting thunder- frantic residents trying to get in to storms Monday afternoon. We had check on their families and homes. some bad ones last week. No big I went south of town and came deal, right? Wrong. back up at the Mies Outland lot. I There were sirens this time,quickly realized the steamy hot at least in Kimball. And weather air kept fogging up the lens of my alerts came up on our cell phones, camera. Well, I'd do the best I can. Then the thunderstorm warn- It started to rain, so I grabbed my ing turned into a tornado watch, umbrella. It didn't help much as I Ramp up the DefCon level, was soon soaked to the skin any- It was past 5 o'clock Mondayway. I just tried to keep my camera afternoon, and I was the last one dry, and that wasn't easy. here in the office. I had planned to There another, even younger stay and work on putting together State Patrolman kept guard. I the pages of this week's paper, explained why I was there, and here at the office, into the eve- that I'd try hard to stay out of the ning. I thought I'd better trans- way. "Just don't step over any live fer all the files to my laptop com- electrical wires," he said as he let puter, just in case. But then some- me go down. It was a hard hike, thing caught my eye out the front all two blocks of it, on slippery window. Weather. A few minutes mud and trying to avoid debris. later, the power snapped off and Every few steps, I'd shoot a photo. on a few times, and stayed off. The It got more "real" the closer I got to files didn't get copied over. Kramer Electric. My laptop still had battery By the time I got back to the power, so I thought I'd check the State Patrol car, the young guy saw Dispatch calls for the area. Maybe I was struggling for breath in that a transformer was down some-hot humid air. He offered to let where. Instead I heard the Wat- me sit in the back of his squad car. kins Fire Department paged to the "The car is brand-new; no one's fire hall because of tornado dam- even sat in the back yet." I leaned age in Watkins. on his car for a few minutes, try- In that instant I knew I wouldn't ing to pull myself together to move be transferring any files or putting forward. together any pages that night, at It would be nearly four hours least not for a few hours. I grabbed of photographing the devastation, my camera and phone, and dashed talking to folk along the way, pass- to my car (by the light of my cell ing along any information I knew phone), for fairly certain. With each con- The stitfling heat and humidity versation, I eagerly sought to hear hit me like a hot towel. The dayhad that there were no human casual- been quite comfortable earlier, ties, no injuries. The clouds were black and omi- It was hearbreaking to see the nous as I drove westward to Wat- damage, feeling the human con- kins. About a mile out, I saw the nection to that piece of roof, dam- flashing lights of emergency vehi- aged car, or twisted playground cles clustered ahead on Hwy. 55. set. But it was also heartwarm- I figured I probably wouldn't get ing to see the dozens of people out through, but atleast might find out there pitching in, helping wher- something, ever needed. A young State Patrolman was The "Tornado of '16" will long blockading the east end of 55 be remembered. I hope it's with a from all but emergency person- sense of "we survived that, we can nel. Understandable. There was a survive anything." Together, we live powerline down not far ahead, can survive, and thrive. ........ ....... www.tricountynews.mn Fund to help in Meeker County tornado recovery Southwest Initiative Founda- Litchfield, MN 55355; onlinelevelofsupportwe'llbeabletopro- tion has established a tornado with a credit card at www.swi vide withinthenexttwoweeks." recovery fund in partnership with foundation.org/donate; or, call the "We've already heard the sto- its community affiliate, Litchfield SWIF office at (800) 594-9480, and ties of neighbors helping neigh- Area Community Foundation. ask to speak with Nancy Fasching. burs andlocalbusinesses opening This emergency fund, called the Fasching is SWIF's commu- their doors after hours to help. It's Meeker County Tornado Recovery nity impact director and over- heartwarming. And, this fund is Effort Fund, will help those sees its grant programs. "In times a vehicle for those who also want impacted by the July 11, 2016, tot- of an emergency, the immediate to make a contribution," added nadoes in Meeker County with response from organizations like Fasching. financial assistance related to the Red Cross is absolutely crucial. On Monday evening July 11, long-term recovery efforts. But long-term recovery efforts are 2016, thunderstorms produced at Donations to the fund are tax just as important. That's where least four tornadoes across central deductible to the full extent of the Southwest Initiative Foundation Minnesota. Areas hardest hit were law because Southwest Initiative and Litchfield Area Community Watkins and northwest Litchfield. Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public Foundation can help,"said For more information about charity. Gifts can be made in sev- Fasching. the Meeker County Tornado eral ways, including: Check pay- Donations given to the fund Recovery Effort Fund, contact able to "Meeker County Tornado will be made available to those Nancy Fasching at (800)594-9480, Recovery Effort Fund" and impacted by the tornadoes, or nancyf@swifoundation.org. dropped off at radio station KLFD according to Fasching. "We'll AM 1410, 234 N. Sibley Avenue, know more about the type and Disaster recovery resources The University of Minnesota format. I have attached a press Additional resources can be found Extension andNorthDakotaState release that could be used to at University Extension Service have inform folks of these resource. Recovery Resources: www. developed the Recovery AfterNote: many resources are avail- extension.umn.edu/family/ Disaster: The Family Financial able on these pages, including disaster-recovery~ Toolkit that may be helpful to ready-to-use Twitter messages Getting Through Tough families as they work through about the Toolkit. Times publications: www. the recovery process and make Another resource that might extension.umn.edulfamilyllive- decisions about their futures, be helpful is a "how to guide" for healthy-live-well~healthy-minds~ The Toolkit is available to down- coordinating recovery resource getting-through-tough-times~ load free of charge. We have also fairs - Disaster Recovery Resource Please share these resources developed a series of videos, Fair: A Strategy to Provide Access with families, colleagues, and Financial Recovery After Disaster and Reduce Barriers to Disaster disaster recovery professionals Video Series, this provides recov- Program Assistance. who would benefit. ery information in an alternative SY HRONIZEb MOSQUI B AYI NG) gLI M -ToXIN TRIAT LO SUPER The Tri-County News is the official Newspaper of the Cities of Kimball and Watkins; the Kimball Area School District (ISD#739); Fair Haven, Forest Prairie, Kingston, and Maine Prairie Townships; and Clearwater River Watershed District. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Tri-County News, P.O. Box 220, Kimball MN 55353. The Tri-County News (USPS 639-180) is entered at the Post Office, Kimball, Minnesota 55353, as Periodicals. It is published Thursdays by Tri-County News, P.O. Box 220, Kimball MN 55353, Stearns County. LOCATIONS: Our office is at 70 S. 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