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4A WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2016 State m SIDNEY HERALD _S BY JORDON NIEDERMEIER BILLINGS GAZETI'E BAKER -- Ruby Goer- net had just enough time to crawl under her kitchen table before a tornado tore through her neighborhood on the east side of Baker just before 7 p.m Saturday. "I crawled under the table, and it was a 55-gallon bar- rel that came flying through one of the windows," Goer- net said. Just before the tornado hit, Goernet's husband, Fritz Goernet, noticed the trees across the street were blown almost completely sideways. He warned his wife to take cover but didn't have time tojoinher. Fortu- nately the couple emerged from the wreckage with no serious injuries. Fritz is a United States Navy veteran who served in World War II. During the war, he was stationed on a ship repair base in the Philippines. He said his time overseas was tame com- pared to the action he saw Saturday night. "Just like in a second it was gone, but it sure made a lot of noise when it was here," Ruby said. The storm ripped the roof Hannah PoteslBillings Gazette Ron Callen surveys the window and interior damage done by a tomado that swept through part of Baker on Saturday night. fromtheirtrailerhouseand more than 30 homes and a "We went house to house, shattered her front win- half dozenwere completely basically making sure dows, showering the home destroyed, said Fire Chief everyone was accounted for in shards of glass. Thehome Tom Bruha, of Baker Rural last night," he said. was a complete loss. Fire Department. One of the people rescued There were no deaths Bruha said 19 agencies wasalsoaBRFDflref'w, hter. reported after the tornado assisted BRFD with the Hishomewasatotallossand but a half dozen people storm response. Two sepa- his injuries were so severe reported injuries rang- rate searches were conduct- he was later taken to Bill- ing from severe wounds to ed of the area to identify vic- ings for medical treatment. minor cuts and bruises. The timsandpullresidentsfrom Bruha said he was late storm severely damaged the wreckage, to the scene because two of the 45volunteer fn'efighters a home for troubled teens. in Baker were out of town They decided not to return getting married. Despite it to Baker on Saturday when being their wedding day, the they learned the power had firefighters responded and been cut off to their neigh- assisted in the search, borhood. They followed All of the displaced people Facebook for updates on the found a place to stay with storm's aftermath. friendsandfamilyorrented Callen's front porch was motel rooms. The American thrown to the opposite Red Cross responded to the side of his house and two incident but did not need to of his outbuildings were set up emergency shelter, destroyed. The storm also Bruha said. damaged his home's roof On Sunday Montana- and interior. But Callen Dakota Utilities Co. worked said his thoughts are with to replace broken power hisneighborswholosttheir poles and repair broken homes and he's just happy lines.Bruhasaidthecleanup nobody died. couldtake weeks. There are "God is amazing," Callen ATVs and trailers in nearby said. "In allthis mess nobody BakerLake andthere isn'ta got killed. We are a blessed setplantoremovethemyet, community. Everybody Friends and family helps each other out andwe showed up in full force with have a lot to be thankful for. pickups, trailers, dumpsters This is just stuff. You can't and wheelbarrows to start replace lives." the long process of cleaning Bruha said the Montana the tree limbs and debris High School Rodeo State from the eight block epicen- Finals were in Baker over ter. Garbage trucks came the weekend, but the storm and went with full loads didn't affect the event. throughout the day. Campers in tents, folks in Ron Callen returned to RVs and their livestock his home Sunday to fmd a trailers were not harmed. friend had already boarded the windows of his home of more than 30 years. Callen The Billings Gazette is a and his wife were in Wil- media partner with Forum liston Saturday working at News Service. BY RICK ABBOTT want to live. The West Coast FORUM NEWS SERVICE fared badly, with Washington FARGO -- Forget the state as the worst and Califor- coasts, young folks. The Mid- nia as the fourth-worst state west is where it's at if you're for millennials, the site said. a millennial, new research Virginia and Arizona tied for fmds. second worst and Vermont Montana is among statescame in fifth. making the list as best for Millennials make up an age millennials, according to group born ranging from the research by MoneyRates.early 1980s to around 2000. com, asitethatprovidesbank- The site also found North infftnf0rmation for:Om sum Dakotahad thetowest unem- ers. " ' ............. ploymentrate for people ages ,North Dakota was the best 20-24 at 4.6 percent, compared state for millennials, with to 10.7 for an average state in South Dakota the runner-up, the nation. according to the site, which examined eight criteria, Best and worst including unemployment rates, rental rates, night life Best states for millennials and access to broadband. North Dakota internet. • South Dakota North Dakota got tops in • Nebraska broadband access, and was • Iowa in the top 10 for rental afford- • Montana ability and concentration of • Louisiana places to spend a fun night • Indiana out, the site found. • Kansas The state has a high propor- • Wyoming tion ofyoungadults, with 10.49 • Texas percent of the state's popula- tion being 20 to 24 years old, Worst statesfor millennials the third-highest rate in the • Washington country, MoneyRates said. • Virginia (tied for 2nd) Other top five states were • Arizona (tied for 2nd) Nebraska and Iowa. ° California It's a notion that might • Vermont go against the stereotype of • New Hampshire where a young person might • Oregon A car is seen in what remains of a garage after a tornado swept through Baker, continue rise Average retail gasoline prices in Montana have risen 0.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.29/g yesterday, according Hannah Potes • Billings Gazett Mont., on Saturday night. There were no deaths reported after to GasBuddy's daily survey Montana have ranged wide- close to the pain exhibited e of 615 gas outlets in Mon- ly over the last five years: throughout the Midwest. tana. This compares with $2.71/g in 2015, $3.51/g in Average gas prices in the national average that 2014, $3.64/g in 2013, $3.73/g Michigan are up 50 cents in has increased 2.4 cents per in 2012 and $3.76/g in 2011. the last month, followed by gallon in the last week to Areas nearby Montana Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and $2.38/g, according to gaso- and their current gas price Wisconsin, who have seen line price website GasBud- climate: a jump of over 30 cents in a dy.com. Idaho- $2.46/g, up 0.6 cents month, largely at the hands Including the change inper gallon from last week's of various refinery woes gas prices in Montana dur- $2.46/g. and insatiable demand for ing the past week, pricesyes- Billings- $2.28/g, up 0.7 gasoline. terday were 42.0 cents per cents per gallon from last However, as kinks are gallon lower than the same week's $2.28/g. ironed out and production dayoneyearagoandare12.6Wyoming- $2.26/g, flat of gasoline ramps up, we centsper gallonhigherthan from last week's $2.26/g. expect gasoline pr.ices to a month ago. The national "Gasoline prices have cool in the next few weeks in average has increased 16.8 continued a mild run higher much ofthe country, barring cents per gallon during the across much of the country, any unforeseeable events," last month and stands 41.8 though in the Great Lakes, DeHaanadded. "We're stick- cents per gallon lower than gas prices have been on a ing by our January forecast this day one year ago. tear," said Patrick DeHaan, that told of an average U..S. According to GasBud- senior petroleum analyst gas price of $2.41/gallon dy historical data, gaso- for GasBuddy.com. "In the during the summer driving line prices on June 13 in last month, no one has seen season."