- Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2015

WAKEFIELD, Neb. (AP) - The love shared by Karissa Meyer and Mike Krusemark was born in the aftermath of a tornado that devastated the Meyers family farm in northeast Nebraska.

The Sioux City Journal (https://bit.ly/20fYFUX ) reports the Meyers’ farm suffered heavy damage in 2013 after an early October tornado tore through. The farm lost several grain bins, buildings and farm equipment.

“Stuff was gone. It was just leveled. My dad’s new shop was just in pieces on the ground,” said Meyer, who was living with her parents at the time and had taken shelter in the basement during the storm. The tornado also killed Meyer’s horse, plus another horse and a bull.

As the Meyers began picking up the pieces of their farm, they decided to hire Krusemark from nearby Waterbury to help remove debris and dig burn pits.

“My mom just heard about him from someone she trusted and said he did good work, so they hired him,” Meyer said.

The pair’s paths crossed many times as they worked to clean up the farm. Three weeks into the job, the 27-year-old construction company owner finally decided to “take a shot” and ask Karissa Meyer to dinner.

“It was getting toward the end of the day, and I asked her where a good place to eat was. She told me about a place to go in Wayne, and I asked her if she cared to join me,” Krusemark said.

The two continued to see each other after Krusemark had finished his work for the Meyers, and moved on to a job at a neighboring farm.

A little more than two years later, the pair will be married on the farm they met at.

“It shows something good can come out of something bad,” Meyer said.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, https://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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