On Monday, January 16, 1967, folks in small town Chokio, Minnesota, saved a busload of its children from potential injury or death during an unexpected and fierce blizzard. The bus driver made three forays into the storm to let rescuers know the location of the stranded bus, and to bring back blankets and candy for the children. The children were growing cold and frightened.
As the hours ticked by and early efforts to reach the students failed, townsmen gathered a rescue caravan. Visibility was so bad men tied themselves to long ropes, guiding the vehicles to keep them out of the ditches. The rescuers reached the bus and brought the children back to school where hot soup and a grateful community awaited their arrival.
The daring rescue made national and international news at the time, and then seemed to receive no further notoriety, except in the memories and stories of those who lived through it.
The 50th anniversary of the Chokio Bus Rescue will be Monday, January 16, 2017. As this date approaches, you are invited to read and share about this amazing story of community and courage.