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Minn. Man On Roof Forced Down By Storm Returning

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EXCELSIOR, Minn. (AP) — High winds and blizzard conditions forced a Minnesota hospital executive off the roof of an Excelsior coffee shop where he was camped as a fundraiser for his daughter’s school, but he’s heading back up there.

Robert Stevens, the president and CEO of Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia, says Sunday that he had to climb down from the roof of Dunn Brothers at about 3 p.m. Saturday out of safety concerns. He says high winds were shredding the canopy over his tent and knocking over hay bales set up to protect it. Stevens had slept on the roof through the blizzard the previous night.

Stevens is trying to raise $100,000 to help save the struggling Spring Hill School in Excelsior. By Sunday morning he was at about $54,000, and was bundling up as he prepared to go back up there in subzero wind chills. He says he’ll decide later in the evening whether to spend another night on the roof.

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