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Column: Helping hands a reason for pride

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Column: Helping hands a reason for pride
Worthington Minnesota 300 11th Street / P.O. Box 639 56187

When leaving for work Wednesday morning, it was impossible not to notice the devastation surrounding my home. Several thoughts came to mind, including:


No. 1: Thank goodness our home was unscathed, and that we weren't hurt. No. 2: Quite simply, an overwhelmed feeling of "wow." No. 3: My wife (a teacher) and our kids are going to be out of school for more than just Wednesday. No. 4: Clean-up was definitely not going to be the most fun of projects.

Luckily for us -- and I'm certain we're not alone -- we benefitted in a huge way from the kindness of strangers.

At some point yesterday morning, Becca (my wife) was out in the driveway attempting to clear at least a portion of the debris, a job difficult for almost anyone considering the size of a few of the tree limbs that had been felled by the storm. But then, one of our neighbors came to her aid.

Neighbors helping neighbors, of course, is nothing new, and takes place everywhere -- even in, I can assure you, New York, which oftentimes in these parts has a rap as being a generally unfriendly place. But what took place Wednesday was mutual assistance despite a significant language barrier. And while words probably weren't totally necessary -- after all, what were most important were an extra set of hands and a chainsaw -- it was still gratifying to hear how two people who can't even carry on a conversation helped each other in a significant way.

Worthington has people from all walks of life living in it. Despite numerous differences, though, we all are, quite simply, community residents who -- in large part -- can't suppress an urge to help each other when the need arises. A reading of social media reinforces this fact -- and I would be remiss if I didn't note how city workers provided an entirely separate (yet also critical) kind of help by toiling all hours to keep power running the best it could and streets as passable as possible.

While I think we all wish this storm hadn't hit us, we can at least take a renewed pride in the community we call home.

Ryan McGaughey
I first joined the Daily Globe in April 2001 as sports editor. I later became the news editor in November 2002, and the managing editor in August 2006. I'm originally from New York State, and am married with two children.
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