Our hero at the DNR


From: Steve Blue

During the coverage of the February 24 blizzard, local reports noted that several government agencies participated in rescuing people stranded in the storm. One of those agencies was the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The DNR was out in the blizzard that night, saving people long after the police cars and plows had been recalled due to the severity of the storm.

My daughter, Amanda, was caught in that storm. For nearly six hours her car was buried in drifts of snow on a desolate stretch of Highway 74 near St. Charles. She was terrified. 911 couldn’t tell her when they could get to her. When nightfall set in she was all alone in the storm and in the dark with no hope.

That is until her hero arrived — Mitch Boyum — a conservation officer with the DNR in St. Charles. He rescued her from that horrific storm and may have saved her life.

But this story gets even better. Amanda had no place to stay that night. Mitch’s wife, Katrina, graciously took her into their home. Not only that, she also opened their home that night to our dear friend, Tom Heilman, who also got stranded while out trying to rescue Amanda.

Amanda, Ann and I will be eternally grateful to Mitch and Katrina Boyum and to Tom Heilman. They were Amanda’s guardian angels that night!


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