Heartwarming harvest: Neighbors come together for grieving family

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LOWRY, Minn. (KARE) – For a farmer, there’s as much love for their community as there is for their land.

“We all love each other and we help our neighbors,” says farmer Zach Johnson.

He says nobody understood that better than his Lowry, Minnesota neighbor and friend, Norman Johnson. The man who farmed on his land for about 60 years. The man who loved his combine.

“That was his happy place,” says son Lyn Johnson.

Lyn, and Norman’s daughters Lori and Karin could go on and on about him.

“He was just that kind generous, warm, people used the word warm, and welcoming person,” says Lori. “He was committed to helping everyone.”

When Norman unexpectedly died two weeks ago, the community returned the love that he spread.

Zach and several others came together Monday to harvest Norman’s 200 acres of soybeans while his family was at his visitation.

“It’s something that farmers do for each other all the time. it’s who we are and that’s our mentality,” said Zach.

Norman Johnson’s family is forever grateful.

“They didn’t ask they were like dad. They just knew something had to happen and they were there to do it,” says  Lori Johnson.

It took the crew nearly five hours to harvest the crops, including a dinner break with food supplied by family and friends.

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