Terri Traen and her resilient family
I don’t just do “The BS Show,” though I do talk and write a lot of blogs posts about it.
Every Monday night my family does a live radio show on KRWC AM 1360, Radio for Wright County. The show is called “It’s A Wonderful Life … At the Ranch,” and it is turned into a podcast a few days after the live airing. You can listen to the latest episode in the media player above.
Monday night’s show began with 9-year-old Shane acting goofy, which is Shane being Shane.
Then were was a meltdown by 6-year-old Sienna after Samantha, her big sister and producer, yanked the microphone from her little girl grip.
Note to self: Don’t grab anything out of Sienna’s hand unless you want to listen to her wail for the next 40 minutes.
Sienna’s meltdown was so bad we had Spencer, our 13-year-old, escort her out of the studio and stay with her in another room.
Sienna’s meltdown coincided with us getting Abby Pawelk on the phone. Abby is one of Terri Traen’s daughters. Terri and I were on the KQ Morning Show together for 27 years.
Anyway, I talked to Abby last week about joining us on the show to talk about the family’s apple orchard. I thought it’d be nice to talk about how their business is growing and how this year’s crop would be their best.
Well, the story line changed early Saturday morning when a tornado ripped through the apple orchard, destroying at least half of Luce Line Orchard’s 10,000 apple trees.
I visited the orchard Monday afternoon and saw the damage. It was incredible.
Apple trees were uprooted as well as enormous elm trees and other trees that had been alive and thriving on this planet longer than any human.
The tornado leapfrogged from the apple orchard, went over Terri and her husband Rich’s house and barn, and resumed its path of destruction along a trail put in for visitors to the orchard.
Terri and Rich were lucky — lucky the tornado skipped over the house they were in.
We talked to Abby about what happened, and what will happen. Luce Line Orchard will survive and open as planned in late August. Abby and her family are resilient and as upbeat as anyone who experienced what they did could be.
Right after we talked to Abby, we talked to Terri. She explained what it was like that awful night the tornado hit and how she and Rich didn’t realize the tornado had touched down in their orchard and on their trail.
She said the house was shaking, but it held up.
Terri and her family will, too. They will hold up.