PINE ISLAND, Minn. - A Dodge County family is dealing with a second tragedy in just seven months.
On Tuesday, a fire destroyed the business owned by Matt Logan and his family. Logan's large wood shop filled with tools, jigs and patterns was destroyed. It's where handmade furniture was built to be sold in the family's retail store in Rochester.
But Logan knows how much worse things can be.
"It dramatically changes your perspective, because this is just property," Logan said.
Logan's daughter D.J. was killed late last summer driving home from school on the first day of her senior year when she slammed into the back of a bus.
Authorities later determined that she was texting behind the wheel.
"(She) was pretty excited about her first day as a senior and decided to let people know that she was excited," Logan said.
Her parents have not shied from the truth. In fact, they broke the news of the cause of D.J.'s death at a senior class assembly.
Bob Eustice, who farms nearby, was already helping the Logans plan a benefit for a scholarship fund in D.J.'s name.
Now, the purpose of that benefit is twofold. Money will help fund D.J.'s scholarship as well as provide financial help for her family.
"This family has gone through so much. They won't tell you that, but I'll tell you that," Eustice said. "Emotionally, it's just very hard."
It's hard to say why one family should be visited twice by tragedy in so little time, but don't even try to compare the two.
"Part of your person does not go with a building," Logan said.
"That's the good news," he added.
The Logan Family Benefit will be held on Sunday, May 5 from 12 to 6 p.m. at the Byron Event Center.
Checks can also be sent to the First Security Bank of Byron at 316 Byron Ave. N., Byron, MN 55920.
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