Donations Being Accepted to Help Family on Tornado Damaged Ranch

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HIGHMORE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Highmore native who now lives in Minnesota has started an online relief fund to help a family whose ranch was badly damaged by a June 18 tornado. Simon and Eileen Kusser run the K Lazy K Ranch with other family members. The main headquarters of the ranch-about 23 miles south of Highmore-sustained significant damage in the storm. John Kutz started an online fundraiser about a week after the tornado struck his relative’s ranch. He says the family has received assistance in many ways from residents in the Highmore area, and he believes others would want to help out-even if they don’t live nearby.

Damage was sustained to two homes, buildings, vehicles, and equipment and Kutz says cattle were injured. Most family members at the ranch when the storm went through rode it out from in the basement and they were not hurt. Kutz says life at the ranch has changed in a big way and the Kusser family is having to adjust through the adversity.

Kutz says the Kusser’s have always been independent, but the reality is they could use a little help right now. He says he’s been happy to see the number of people who have stepped up to add to the online fundraiser.

Besides the fundraising web location (, people can also give through a tornado relief benefit account at Quoin Financial Bank in Highmore. (Photos shown below provided by John Kutz-and taken by Peggy Kusser)

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