Farm Rescue Assists Bisbee Tornado Victims

Published 08/26 2016 05:13PM

Updated 08/26 2016 05:13PM

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When a tornado tore through the Bisbee area two weeks ago, it wrecked farm buildings and equipment and left some farmers wondering how to get their fall work done.

That's where Farm Rescue stepped in.

Jim Olson takes us to Towner County where help was the order of the day.

(Jim Olson, KX News) When Gary Krieger arrived at his farm after the tornado had passed, it was quickly obvious there was trouble.

(Gary Krieger, Towner County Farmer) "When I came in the yard the camper was flipped against the house still hooked to my pickup. Came around the corner and it looked like I had parked all my equipment outside but the shed that had been around them was completely gone. And the barn built in 1918 was laid out across the whole pasture."

(Jim Olson, KX News) A few miles away, it was a similar story for Tony Galow.

(Tony Galow, Towner County Farmer) "Took three of my buildings, one machine shop and two combines got totalled out, one header got totalled out and we lost two other buildings."

(Jim Olson, KX News) Neither family was on its farm property at the time the twister hit.

(Tony Galow, Towner County Farmer) "We just weathered it out in town."

(Gary Krieger, Towner County Farmer) "We weree lucky none of us were home when it hit. No one was hurt."

(Jim Olson, KX News) But both knew there would be trouble getting harvest work done.
And that's where Farm Rescue can make a big difference.

(Gary Krieger, Towner County Farmer) "It really helped us."

(Tony Galow, Towner County Farmer) "It was like a Godsend to us."

(Jim Olson, KX News) Skip Henton was behind the wheel of the combine.

(Skip Henton, Farm Rescue Volunteer) "This combine is newer than I've ever operated before."

(Jim Olson, KX News) But he figured it out and got to work. He's been helping other farmers through Farm Rescue for a few years now.

(Skip Henton, Farm Rescue Volunteer) "It just seemed like the good thing to do - people needed help."

(Gary Krieger, Towner County Farmer) "I'll tell you my faith in people has been restored if it was losing fait at some time."

(Jim Olson, KX News) Also restored? A shot at a more normal harvest for people dealing with this just a couple of weeks ago. Near Bisbee, Jim Olson, KX News.

Farm Rescue was launched in 2005 and has provided assistance to farmers in five states.

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