WADENA, Minn. – The first newborn of 2011 in Wadena survived a close call during that June 17 tornado when her mother was hit by a cow while one-month pregnant.

New Mother Samantha Wittstruck lost her home when that tornado hit; she was knocked out during the chaos and woke up with a cow on top of her. She was one-month pregnant at the time, and is thankful the baby survived the hit.

“I was glad she was okay,” Wittstruck said. “I didn’t want to lose her.”

Baby girl Skylar Schwab may be the youngest Wadena tornado survivor, and her mom paid tribute to that fact when choosing a name.

“Sky, to do with the tornado,” Wittstruck said. “We figured sky was too short, so (we chose) Skylar. It was a big part of her life and she survived it.”

Since the tornado devastated Wadena, community members keep proving to band together and help each other out. Public Health donated a crib to Wittstruck, others donated clothes and a church member made a quilt out of fabric with cows on it.

Wittstuck said Skylar will be proud that she survived this disaster, and she can’t wait to hear Skylar brag to her friends.

“She’ll probably show off the pictures that we have of our house,” Wittstruck said. “She’ll be like, ‘I was in this; I was in my mommy’s tummy’.”

Skylar was born at Tri-County Health Care in Wadena. She weighed 7 pound 9 ounces and was 19 inches long.


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