Tornado destroys landmark in Berrien County

By: Nick McGurk Email
By: Nick McGurk Email
A 120-year-old barn on Scottdale Road just north of Berrien Springs was destroyed last night by an EF2 tornado. The roof was tossed aside, and the historic building was cut in half.

Picture courtesy of April Nitz

For many, the Berrien Springs farm was known as “Kolberg’s Pony Farm,” where folks came for riding lessons; horse and pony rides; and 4H events.

But for two sisters, it was simply known as home.

"This was a barn that could be seen from the road a mile away, 2 miles away,” said Karen Kietzer, who grew up on the farm.

Karen and her sister Lori Kolberg have pictures of what the property used to look like before Saturday night’s tornado.

“I've seen some wind damage before, some flooding things like that, but I've never seen the destruction that this put in its path,” said Capt. Corey Burks with Berrien County Emergency Management.

The tornado’s path missed the house where Kolberg was sleeping. But it didn’t miss the barn.

On Monday afternoon, the sisters once again surveyed the damage by daylight.

“Memories, they're just flooding back to my mind now,” said Kietzer with tears in her eyes.

“We'll get it cleaned up and it'll be something for the next generation -- but it won't be this barn,” she added.

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