Some people just do the right thing when the opportunity arises. Less seldom, a large number of people get together to “do the right thing.”
By Pat Ratliff
Posted Sept. 20, 2013
That happened last Tuesday when a large number of friends and neighbors of the Smokey Staal family banded together to help Smokey bring in his hay.
The reason: The Staal family has been going through some rough timely recently. Wife and mother Tana Staal is fighting cancer. (She’s doing “very good” with only five chemo treatmentsleft.
Daughter Shannon recently broke her neck in Texas. She broke her C6 and C7 vertebrae in addition to dislocating it.
“From all we have been told, it’s nothing short of a miracle that she isn’t paralyzed from her injury,” Tana said. “She’s in a neck brace for the next three months and is receiving physical and occupational therapy donated by the home-health company she works for.”
And then there’s the hay that needs brought in.
Smokey said he called Wendel Vigen one morning.
“I’ve been talking about you for the last hour,” Vigen said.
“What about?” Smokey wondered.
“We’re going to come haul your hay for you,” Vigen said.
Vigen just got on the phone and made a few calls. Everyone wanted to help.
“I had people calling me up asking if they could come,” Vigen said.
The result was phenomenal.
The official count: 710 bales were picked up, hauled and stacked in 2 ½ hours. There were nine tractors and two skid steers, as well as five semi’s and at least 10 trailers hauling.
“We averaged two bales from the field to the pile per minute,” Vigen said.
“No breakdowns, no nothing… what a fine crew.”
Smokey was happy and impressed.
“I never expected so many people,” he said.
“I expected just a few… to help get the hay out. They just kept showing up.”
They even showed up early. Vigen told folks to go to the fields about 8 a.m.
“You couldn’t have played a violin better than this,” he said. “I showed up about 7:30 and I was late. They were already loading.”
The few that couldn’t make it sent food for the get-together afterwards.
Helping with the hay hauling were Tyler and Larry Staal, Shawn and Kari Staal, Dean and Barb Olson, Linda and Wendel Vigen, Gene Harris, Russ and L’nette Stein and Kaylee, Stan Hauser, Jeff Kling, Daryl Kling, Maynard Krebs, Shane and Sheralee Dolazal, Bernel and Elayne Appledorn, Alan Hendrickson, Chad and Dennis Dahlan, Dave Sickler, Brenden Brinkman, Monte and Carrie Carson, Stacy O’hara, Bob Hanson, Ted Kupper, Jared Schaff, Wally Blankenship and Geordan Traver.
Providing refreshments were RDO Equipment and Jeff Berquist.
That’s a lot of folks.
“What a huge thank you I’d like to say to everyone,” Smokey Staal said.
“And not just for the help with the hay, but for all the prayers and support we’ve gotten all summer.”