Mike Haege had the day free between jobs and just wanted to do some good. That wasn't uncommon for Haege and his family, who have been featured in their local newspaper for everything from raising money for the Orphan Grain Project in Liberia to holding Bible study groups in their Hastings home.
This time, however, Haege learned the old adage that no good deed goes unpunished. But stay with me: It's a little more complicated than it sounds.
When a tornado hit north Minneapolis that Sunday, Haege was with his sister, who once lived in the neighborhood. She told him about how poor the area was and guessed that many of the homes damaged didn't have insurance.
Haege owns Custom Cut, trimming trees and building things for a living. So the next day Haege signed up as a volunteer with Urban Homeworks, which was coordinating the volunteer effort to help tornado victims. Minneapolis police had the area cordoned off into zones. About 2 p.m., they opened the first zone and volunteers poured in.
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