SPENT THE DAY IN WESTERN WISCONSIN.
ASSESSING STORM DAMAGE FROM SUNDAY.
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JENNIFER HOFF/REPORTING says, Eric and Michelle, the
severe weather really started yesterday and a Grant
County farmer says he took the brunt of it.
And you can see behind me, clean-up continues today..:20
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JOHN KOELLER/FARMER says, Right here is the only place
there's any damage..:19
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MOTHER NATURE PICKED ON.
JOHN KOELLER'S POTOSI FARM.
JOHN says, I just don't think straight line winds
can do what happened here..:47
IT TORE PARTS OF IT APART.
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JOHN says, I think it was and everybody else that
was here believes the same thing..:42
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AND KELLER IS CONVINCED.
A TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN AROUND IN THE AFTERNOON.
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:14 JOHN says, I thought the house was going to go,
looked out the garage windows and everything turned
white and it about 30 seconds it was over and the
rain let up and I came out of the garage and looked
up and it was over..:31
20-THOUSAND BUSHELS OF CORN.
HAD COME TUMBLING OUT
OF KOELLER'S NINE-THOUSAND SQUARE-FOOT
SHED, THAT DIDN'T STAND A CHANCE AGAINST THE STORM.
NATS OF FIRE
HE SCOOPED UP ITS SKELETON AND BURNED IT DOWN TO SCRAP,
KOELLER SAID IS ONLY WORTH ENOUGH TO BUY HIM A BEER.
JOHN says, We'll have to get at her this summer and
put another building up..:27
HE ESTIMATES THE AMOUNT OF DAMAGE IS DANGEROUSLY CLOSE
TO 200-THOUSAND DOLLARS.
BUT VOWS TO FIGHT BACK AND REBUILD TO KEEP HIS MORE
THAN 100-YEAR-OLD FAMILY FARM FUNCTIONING.
JOHN says, Takes more than that to scare me..:59
JENNIFER says, Koeller says corn dryer caught fire
last year, but insurance should cover that, much like
he hopes it helps him with this latest bout with Mother
Eric and Michelle, back to you..:08
KOELLER KELLER WAS HOPEFUL HE COULD SALVAGE THE SPILLED
IF NOT, HE'LL LOSE ABOUT 10-PERCENT OF HIS TOTAL ANNUAL