NORTHFIELD, Minn. (KTTC) -- It's been seven long weeks for one rural Wanamingo couple who lost their home in a down burst on June 14. On Sunday, they had a reason to smile as community members hosted a benefit for them.
In mid-June the foundation on the Ordalen's home shook with their nerves.
"I remember just walking around and feeling so disjointed," said Vicki Ordalen. "So many people have helped us. They have been so kind. From the very beginning up until today, offering help, working hard."
In Northfield, there was one goal in mind.
"Raise money to help them build and start again," said one of the brains behind the benefit Angie Weis.
"We're staying in a motor home right on our place that someone was so nice to offer their motor home to us until September," said Vicki.
Community members set up a pole barn used to store tractors to raise funds.
"We're setting up for the bake sale which is a free-will donation and silent auction. We have about 82 items," said Weis.
While setting up some live music a long time friend, Tom Erickson tried to understand what the couple is going through. "Between emotionally and financially just getting through it. And the struggles of not being able to have their usual routine that they've always had for the last 40 years being farmers," he said.
Even though the benefit was for the Ordalens, Vicki explains the storm covered a lot of ground that night. "We have neighbors, you know, that have really been affected by this storm. We're not the only ones and we want the best for them also," she said.
On a picture-perfect afternoon, Gaylen Ordalen still has his eyes set on the forecast.
"We're trying to get things done fast enough before it start freezing and we get inclement weather," he said.
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