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Logan family looking forward

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PINE ISLAND, Minn. (KTTC) -- Last fall, a tragic crash took the life of Byron High School student D. J. Logan -- the loss tearing a hole in a local family.

Tuesday, the Logan family suffered another loss. A fire ripped through part of their family business where they manufacture furniture.

Today it's all about taking things one minute at a time because some days, that's all you can do

Ninety percent of the product upon which the Logan family built their livelihood was in their shed Tuesday when sparks from a piece of equipment sent the building up in flames.

Handmade in Minnesota wood furniture, sold at Logan Furniture in Rochester, now has been reduced to charred rubble in the shell of a workshop -- along with stores of fresh lumber and the designs, the blueprints for the products that fill their store.

"It's probably the toughest," Matt Logan said. "Losing that is probably the toughest. That's going to be the hardest thing to figure out what and where. "

Right now, Logan says he can't even begin to put a number on what's been lost, but as he takes the next few days, weeks or possibly months to add up the total, he takes solace in the fact he's only counting dollars.

"When you're talking about blueprints and things, we're still not talking about people," Logan said. "So again, no one was injured and material things are material things and they can all be replaced."

But it's still not an easy task, Logan is sifting through the ashes of the family business for a family that has had far too much to bear.

"It is tough, but with what our family's gone through in the past 7 months, it's really not," Logan said. "It's really not anything. It's just a material thing."

The Logan's understand loss. They lost something immeasurable last fall when their daughter D. J. died after crashing into the rear of a school bus on her way home from school.

Even when they lost something impossible to rebuild, they've had a community holding them up.

"Obviously seven months ago when we lost our daughter, you don't understand the community that you live in until you do suffer a loss," Logan said.

From friends and neighbors, the Logan family has gained the strength to not only go on but to give back.

"I started the store with the goal of making sure that our customers are taken care of and that's my concern," Logan said. "We want to make sure we do the best job we can to get through this to take care of them."

If you want to help the family deal with their expenses or donate to the D. J. Logan Scholarship, a fundraiser has been scheduled on Sunday, May 5 at the Byron Event Center.

Cash donations can be made at or sent to the First Security Bank of Byron. Just note that your donation is for the D. J. Logan Benefit and Scholarship Fund.

If you would like to donate items for raffle, live auction or silent action at the May 5 fundraiser, you can email Bob Eustice at robert.eustice@frontier.com. 

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