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Tornado strikes Calhoun County

By Darcy Dougherty Maulsby - Staff writer | Jul 20, 2021

By DARCY DOUGHERTY MAULSBY

yettergirl@yahoo.com

LAKE CITY — One of my least favorite parts of being a journalist is having to cover disasters, especially when they impact friends. After a tornado ripped through Lake City in the late afternoon of July 14, it struck Ron and Joan Buse’s farm northeast of Lake City. That week was “grandma camp,” and the couple’s eight grandchildren (ages 6 to 13) came from as far away as Colorado for some fun times on the farm. This year’s theme? “Just chillin’.”

When the EF3 tornado hit this afternoon, everyone made it to the basement, and no one was hurt, thank God.

Neighbors like Mark Mapel, Alan Wedemeyer and his son, David Wedemeyer, soon gathered at the farm to help where they could. Mark and David hung an American flag in the remains of the Buse’s front window. The flag had graced the Buse’s farmstead before the tornado destroyed their home, flipped a grain semi-truck on its side, wrapped metal debris around tree trunks, flattened the flag pole, tore apart a grain bin, destroyed trees and crops, and stopped the grandfather clock in the living room at 4:10 p.m.

And yet, that dirty, torn American flag hangs defiantly in the empty window, proclaiming that this place and these people are #farmstrong.

“Neighbors helping neighbors–that’s just what we do,” David Wedemeyer said.

This reminds me of these encouraging words from Fred Rogers: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'”

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