Minnesota Moment: Local Farmers Render Aid to Kansas Wildfire Victims

April 05, 2017 09:12 AM

You can always count on farmers and ranchers to step up and help their neighbors in times of need. But a Minnesota couple is sending the assistance all the way to Kansas.

Recent wildfires have killed one person, injured 11 others and destroyed more than 40 homes and countless outbuildings. Many cattle also died, and the animals that survived are struggling to find food.


When Maple Lake farmers Reuben and Joan Streich saw the disaster on the news, they knew they could help. The Streichs pulled some strings and got Cargill and Coyote Logistics to provide a semitrailer to haul 400 bales of hay to Kansas. Members of the local Future Farmers of America did the heavy lifting, and the hay was on its way Wednesday morning.

"Why shouldn't I help somebody else out if I got it?" Reuben Streich said.

"We have so many blessings, the Lord has blessed us with so much and we just need to share," Joan Streich said.

The Streichs said they are grateful that so many others were willing to help.


Zach Tecklenburg

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