Renville County Sheriff Tells of Storm Rescue Efforts

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(West Central Tribune/Olivia, MN) With county plow operators leading the way, sheriff’s officers in Renville County rescued 53 stranded motorists, responded to a crash with injuries, assisted with an ambulance call and responded to a domestic, and helped crews with two power cooperatives restore power to rural residences.

The West Central Tribune reports it all started around 8 a.m. Sunday, and didn’t really finish up until the winds subsided around midnight. Sheriff Scott Hable told the Renville County Board of Commissioners Tuesday that a two-person crew could hardly keep up with the barrage of phone calls during the day at the dispatch center.

Hable said, “I couldn’t be prouder of our crew,” and offered similar words of gratitude to the county’s plow operators. They never batted an eye or questioned whether they should venture out, right into whiteout conditions with literally zero visibility.

Among the rescues: By chance, while heading north of Danube on a call for help at 10 p.m., sheriff’s officers found a man stranded in his vehicle. He had been stuck there since 3 a.m., or for almost 20 hours through the storm. Hable said, “Needless to say, he was pretty happy to see us.”

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