Community Rallies to Help Dairy Farm Hit Hard By Storms

June 11, 2017 10:16 PM

The Carlson Dairy farm near Pennock, Minnesota, was hit particularly hard by Sunday's round of morning storms, but no cattle were killed.

The farming community near Willmar has rallied around the dairy farm's owner, Carl Carlson, whose counts 2- to 3,000 head of cattle in his herd. Some of the herd received minor injuries like cuts and bruises. 


The storms ripped apart some barns and a roof collapsed, trapping some cows. After assessing the damage, Carlson called his neighbors for help. It led to more calls and Facebook posts. Several people showed up to render aid. 

"It kind of gives me goosebumps," Carlson said. "It's really amazing. I've seen pictures of this happening at other farms and you hear about people coming and helping, and I don't think you get it until it happens to you."

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Barry Visser was one of many who lent a helping hand.

"By the time we got here 45 minutes later, there was probably 100 people in the yard," Visser said. "It was really touching to see everybody there, people that drove hundreds of miles to get here. A couple folks from Wisconsin that came -- just a lot of support."

Carlson believes a tornado was the culprit, however some say straight-line winds did the damage.

The National Weather Service did issue a tornado warning for Kandiyohi County, but it hasn't confirmed if a tornado touched down.

Carlson says this is the worst storm to hit his farm in its history -- dating to 1891.


Joe Mazan

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