By Jennifer Kotila
COKATO, MN Not many people can be struck by lightning and live to tell about it. Chris Kern, of Cokato, is one of those lucky few.
Kern was working on a vehicle in a metal shed at his property on Morrison Avenue Southwest, Cokato, the evening of Sept. 15 during thunderstorms that rolled through the area, according to the Wright County Sheriff’s report.
All of a sudden, Kern was thrown from the creeper he was laying on (used to work under a vehicle). He had been struck by lightning, according to the report.
The initial call to the sheriff’s office was for a granary that caught fire from the lightning strike about 10 feet away from the metal building Kern was in.
Upon the sheriff’s arrival, Kern’s wife, Kari, asked if someone could check her husband out because he had been hit by lightning and was not breathing normally.
At that point, the sheriff’s office dispatched Cokato ambulance, according to the report.
Kern had a small red mark where the lightning had entered his body on his side. The lightning exited at his shoulder.
Kern was taken by ambulance to the Buffalo hospital, where he was treated and released.
Cokato Fire Department extinguished the fire in the granary.