From: Roger Reitmaier
Chris Rogers, a writer for the Winona Post, does a thorough and professional job with the articles he writes. The article that appeared in the paper of March 3 concerning the blizzard of one week prior was in my judgment really superior. He covered in detail the many aspects of the storm and how it affected individuals stuck in it. Because he was so detailed, it really gave me a good idea of what happened to stranded motorists that day. It was heart warming to learn of the many volunteers who came forward to help their fellow citizens, some heroically like the man with a Bobcat inching his way through the 10-foot drifts to reach stranded motorists on Highway 14. One of those good Samaritans was Father Glenn Frerichs, pastor of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Lewiston, who opened up his church hall and rectory to stranded motorists to house them overnight. An article about the storm in our local daily newspaper incorrectly stated that Ben Klinger, emergency management director for the county, was “forc[ed] … to open shelters at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church …” It was Father Frerichs, on his own volition and out of the goodness of his heart, who, responding to an employee of Kwik Trip’s call for help, opened up the church to provide shelter to 73 stranded motorists for the night.
A big thanks to Father Glenn, the Kwik Trip store in Lewiston, the Lewiston Fire Department, and all the other volunteers who no doubt saved lives that day.
If you haven’t read the article, I would encourage you to do so. It’s a great read, thanks to Chris Rogers.
Editor’s note: To find the article, visit www.winonapost.com and search for “Surviving the blizzard of 2019.”