Caught on tape: Winds take down family's 108 year old barn

By: Megan Peterson Email
By: Megan Peterson Email

Monday’s high winds were too much for some old buildings and trees.

"It's about to go down. There it goes. Oh my word,” the words came as the Row family captured home video of the barn collapsing.

The Row family grabbed the video camera just in time to catch its 108 year old barn collapse.

"We were in the house and it was blowing very hard and we looked out the window and saw that the barn was starting to sway back and forth with the wind gusts and we had a feeling it was going to go down," Doug Row said.

It made it through countless storms over the years.

"I know we had a blizzard last winter and it was really blowing hard then,” Doug said.

But Monday’s high winds were the final straw.

"Today was the day I guess," Doug added.

There were some animals in the barn, luckily though all of them are alright.

"It blew in the direction it didn't harm. We had some young stock in the barn and it didn't harm any of the cattle so we're thankful that," Doug said.


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  • by Nathan Location: osseo on May 10, 2011 at 03:15 PM
    I cut wood there a couple years back with my uncle and i remember that old barn there, glad everyone is ok
  • by Robert Location: Eau Claire on May 10, 2011 at 11:06 AM
    Man I use to play all over that barn. They removed the silo next to it a few years back and now the barn itself is gone. So many memories playing with my best friend, one of the row boys, in all parts of the barn from the loft to underside
  • by Cathy Location: Osseo, WI on May 10, 2011 at 07:31 AM
    It's heart breaking to lose these old barns. There aren't too many around any more!!! So glad to hear no one was hurt and no animals were injured. Sorry for your loss!
  • by so sorry Location: wisconsin on May 10, 2011 at 04:59 AM
    Well it is heart breaking to hear this as I am sure it was a part of history, and your family. There is an upside to it tho- barn board sells for a pretty penny and you may be able to sell enough to build a new barn. Good luck and glad no one was hurt.
  • by Woodbury Relative on May 9, 2011 at 08:19 PM
    Happy no one was hurt, amazing you got it on tape. The barn will be missed; as it was a land feature I looked for when visiting! Best wishes in the clean up effort, my prayers are with you. God Bless, JEV.
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