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Ellsworth native chases storms as a hobby

Most people's hobbies are commonplace like watching sports, scrapbooking, quilting, playing cards, etc...

Not Allen Patraw. The Ellsworth resident's hobby is chasing storms.

"You can't have a lot of fear," Patraw said, to anyone who ever wants to try it.

Patraw has been chasing storms for about the last 22 years. The interest in weather started when he was young as he was living with his grandparents in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.

"Whenever there was a storm, everyone told us to go to the basement," he said.

Therefore, when he got older, he continued, he wanted to see these storms for himself and see why all his elders told him otherwise when he was younger.

For more read the Nov. 14 print version of the Herald.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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