PEGGS - Tornado cleanup in Peggs may be time-consuming, but it is also bringing the small community together more than ever.
Immediately after the EF-2 tornado tore through the town the night of May 20, neighbors were there to help in any way they could. Almost three weeks later, that is still the mentality of residents.
"We had a lot of people out here donating water, food and resources to first responders and to the community and to each other," said Peggs Fire Chief Dale Fine.
Nick and Walter Faglie, from Wacky Logging LLC, have spent the past two weeks lending a hand in their hometown, especially to the school.
"This is where we went to school, and now our kids go here. We've been out here the past four or five days, cleaning out limbs and trying to get it cleaned up," said Walter Faglie.
While the school sustained minor damages that can be seen from the highway, the twisted playground equipment buried beneath tree limbs, trunks and brush is mostly hidden.
"You'll miss it if you aren't looking for it," said Faglie. "
Because of the selfless help people have offered, no state resources have yet been sought.
"I haven't had to call anyone. We were able to get the general store up and running a few days after the storm," said Fine. "
Lake Region Electric Cooperative continues to provide help in Peggs and crews will be out later in the week to clear off dead limbs off power lines.
As far as setbacks in the cleanup, Fine said it will be a long process, but he has faith that little snags are not going to slow anyone down.
"We want to thank everyone who has been here since day one. They have donated help, supplies, food and time, and because of that, we were able to pick up the pieces and continue to move forward," said Fine.
Due to significant damage to the schoolyard, summer school for Peggs is delayed at least until July.