Public Helps Injured Campground Owners
An upcoming spaghetti dinner and auction will benefit two Austin, Minn., campground owners severely injured in an RV accident earlier this year.
Don and Laura Tolner, who bought Beaver Trails Campground and RV Park last year, are still recovering from injuries after their motorhome collided with a semitrailer Jan. 28 in Texas, according to the Post-Bulletin, Rochester, Minn.
As a small business owner, Don Tolner was left with a gap in medical insurance at the time of the accident. A benefit fund website was created in an effort to help raise money for the Tolners' skyrocketing medical expenses.
The public is invited to attend the April 12 benefit at the Windmill Hotel in Dexter, Minn., which will feature food and fun, including a spaghetti dinner, live and silent auctions and music from a local band.
Gusting winds blew the Tolners’ bus-sized motorhome across the median of U.S. 77, causing a fiery head-on collision with the semi, according to the Corpus Christi (Texas) Caller-Times.
The driver of the 18-wheeler was killed. It is unknown who pulled the Tolners from their burning motorhome.
A year ago, the Tolners bought Beaver Trails, on Interstate 90 several miles east of Austin, from longtime owners Bill and Carol Sheely.
The Tolners previously ran a marina campground for 12 years in Texas. "We're RVers at heart," Laura Tolner said in a January 2007 interview with the Post-Bulletin. "This is a passion."
Donations are being accepted for the auction.