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Minn. Family Thankful No One Hurt After Tree Falls On House

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FARMINGTON (WCCO) – Mike and Tammy Helgestad are cleaning up around their house after this morning’s storms knocked a tree over, and onto their home.

“There’s a big branch, that’s laying across our garage, and on top of our minivan.” Mike Helgestad said.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Susie Jones Reports

Tammy Helgestad said they were just about to go to the basement when the storm hit.

“There’s a lightning strike and thunder right before it happened, so that was loud already and then the whole house just shook,” Tammy Helgestad said.

The family has three children, and it just so happens that a friend was over, too. However, Mike Helgestad says he’s just glad no one was hurt.

“It’s a house, it’s made out of wood. It’s a van, it’s made out of metal. It’s all insured, so what do you do,” he said.

Nearby, Fountain Valley Golf Club had to shut down for the day because they had a half dozen big trees come down.

Bryce Olson has owned the place for more than 30 years, and said it’s hard to see the trees go.

“It’s not fun,” Olson said.

He said in the early 80s, there was another storm that blew a shed a few miles away, but this time, the trees were more mature.

Olson said they’ll spend the day cleaning and hopefully be open for business Wednesday.

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