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Storm Damage on Atkins Farm

ATKINS (CBS 2/FOX 28) - The wind was still blowing in Atkins.

The wind that started last night and forced Dan and Kathy Kaestner into their basement while it tore their barn to shreds and ripped their machine shop down to the rebar.

"We came back upstairs, I said, 'Oh my gosh, the house is still here," owner Kathy Kaestner tells CBS 2/FOX 28. "Because there was so much noise we thought it was gone."

The wind makes people tear other things down, as family and friends do whatever they can to help the Kaestners.

The family has farmed this land for 150 years.

"It's hard, there's no doubt about that," says Dan Kaestner.

"This morning, it hit my husband this morning, when we woke up," adds Kathy, "but like I said, it's material thing, so we'll be fine."

The Kaestners had planned to apply for Heritage Farm status this year. They're still moving forward with it, but things will be different now.

"We have four children,: Kathy says "and their families we were going to take pictures of each of the kids in front of the buildings as kind of a special thing, but (shakes head)."

Dan tells us, "We're just blessed nobody was hurt, it's just stuff, we can replace it."

Still, there's a reverence for everything that's been built here."

Kathy says, "it's been a wonderful place for a lot of people. And it will continue to be, don't get me wrong.   Let God direct us, because he saved us last night. "

 
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