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The remains of a breaker box behind Cabin 4 that was reportedly blasted by a bolt of lightning.

Families at Osakis resort survive lightning strike

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Summer vacations are supposed to be memorable.

Well, the Kraus, Brandt and Hiller families have a particularly striking memory to take away from their summer vacation on Smith Lake.


In the midst of the thunderstorm that ripped through the area on August 1, the family survived a lightning strike.

Donald "Skinny" and Jane Kraus of St. Peter were in Cabin 5 at Smith Lake Resort when the bolt of lightning struck their cabin.

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Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper. After graduating from St. Cloud State University, Amy’s first job was at KSAX-TV working as an anchor and reporter. From 2003-2010, Amy worked as an editor and reporter for the Pope County Tribune and Starbuck Times newspapers. During her journalism career, Amy earned writing and photography awards from the Associated Press, Minnesota Newspaper Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Amy and her husband, Brandon, live in Alexandria and together write “He Sez, She Sez,” a humor column in the local women’s magazine, Chicz
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