Four tornadoes confirmed in Minnesota, clean up underway

“Mass destruction at this point. They lost multiple grain bins, a grain dryer, sheds...

Edgar Linares
September 21, 2018 - 8:18 pm

By Edgar Linares

In the Northfield Township, almost every home and farm sustained some kind of damage from Thursday’s strong storms that swept across southeastern Minnesota.

On Friday, the National Weather Service confirmed four tornadoes and strong winds that left a path of destruction as far south as Faribault and as far north as Cannon Falls.

Residents in the Northfield Township spent much of the day patching roofs and moving trees. Donnley Bultman says he was in Cannon Falls when heard the storm approaching like a freight train.

"You can hear that train noise, we could hear it over there and it came through,” said Bultman who driving around Northfield in his truck looking to help anyone. “Everybody in this whole area, it’s just unreal.”

The storm put a damper on wedding plans this weekend for couples who booked their weddings and receptions at the 100-year-old Red Barn Farm. The popular wedding venue was leveled by high winds. Family and friends declined to speak with WCCO Radio, as they were still coming to grips with what happened.

“They lost the whole thing,” said Bultman who spoke with Red Barn owners Thursday morning. “Beautiful business.”

A quarter mile away from the Red Barn turkey farmers were trying to salvage what they could after the storm destroyed a large turkey barn. At Far-Gaze Farms, nothing was left standing.

“Mass destruction at this point,” described Audra Shaleen who drove by Far-gaze Farms Thursday afternoon. “They lost multiple grain bins, a grain dryer, sheds, hog barns, harvesters… It’s just mass chaos.”

The wedding venue, Red Barn Farm, set up a GoFundMe page that raised more than $12,000 in ten hours.