Monday, September 10, 2007

Good deeds repaid with flood-recovery help

Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN

ELBA -- On the wild black night of Aug. 18-19 when the Whitewater River vaulted out of its banks, Mark Thoreson helped save the lives of several campers at Lazy "D" Trail Rides and Campground south of Elba.

Since then, he said risking his life in the swift Whitewater has been more than paid back by the generosity of campers and friends. "Disasters like this bring out the best in people," said Thoreson, who owns the campground with his wife, Betty.

Hundreds of people have shown up, usually without notice, to pitch in clearing trees out of the area, sometimes cart off crushed travel trailers or fifth-wheels, hauling out gravel or bringing food.

Because of the help, the Thoresons think they will be open again next spring.
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