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Lisa Leach holds a cover of a book that was found in the field at Lin-Crest Farm. The book didn’t belong to them, but it blew in during the tornado on May 28, 2019. Jacob Raber, of Gridley, Ill., right, is a family friend from the show-cattle circuit who came to help with the tornado cleanup.

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Family, friends and even strangers help clean up after Linwood tornado demolishes dairy

Lawrence firefighter Rob Leach spoke into a portable radio microphone, giving instructions to a group of volunteers to move from the pasture to a cornfield as they picked up debris Saturday morning at Lin-Crest Farm. “My fire department training has come in handy,” he said. Rob’s family dairy farm, 3 miles north of Linwood, was demolished on May 28 by the EF-4 tornado that cut a 32-mile path of destruction through Douglas County and Leavenworth counties. Eleven days after the life-changing storm, Rob and his wife, Lisa, coordinated Saturday’s cleanup, with the help of about 100 volunteers, including folks from the show-cattle circuit, colleagues from work, 4-H club members and even strangers.


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