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By Crystal Oko

Christmas comes after all

DRESBACH, MN (KTTC-TV) -- As a precautionary measurement, officials evacuated a nearby Veterans home in Dresbach. The evacuation couldn't have come on a worse day for the Veterans. It was the day of their annual Christmas Party.

In the early morning hours, the staff at Mosher Veterans Home in Dresbach were put into evacuation mode.

"My staff comes to work about 5. We heard the noise a little after five and we heard the fire trucks and ambulances," said Carolyn Hafner, operator of the Mosher Veterans Home.

The train derailment forced the evacuation of the veterans home nearby the train tracks...

"The guys all cooperated and packed their bags and we're ready to go and we left this morning and this is where we came," said Hafner.

Twenty-four veterans along with staff headed to the Prince of Peace Church in LaCresent.  And along with the veterans, came some Christmas cheer.

It was a small snag in their annual Christmas party plans but Christmas followed the Veterans to the church.

"This party was planned for our place at the Veterans Mosher Home but because we all evacuated they were nice enough to come here," said John Pochowicz, a veteran at the home.

Carolyn Hafner, the operator at Mosher Veterans Home couldn't agree more.

"La Crescent community and southeast, MN is absolutely wonderful. They are great with our veterans so much support not just during this difficult time but throughout the year."

And for these veterans even a train derailment couldn't stop Christmas.

The Veterans were allowed back into the home at around 6 o'clock Wednesday night.

The LaCresent American Legion provided lunch and dinner for the Veterans today.

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