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Published March 24, 2011, 06:18 PM

Mayville State Student Has New Hero After Tuesday's Snowstorm

Mayville State sophomore Kjerstin Bakke was on her way home from spring break when she was caught in the fierce snowstorm Tuesday and stranded in a ditch. Luckily, someone to help wasn't too far away.

Sophomore Kjerstin Bakke was stranded in Tuesday's snowstorm in her car on Highway 200.

Bakke was driving back from New London, MN, when the weather took a turn for the worse.

Driving home in Tuesday's snowstorm, Mayville sophomore Kjerstin Bakke knew she shouldn't be on the road. When she turned off onto Highway 200 back to Mayville, she pulled over for some flashing lights she saw behind her.

After going into the ditch, she was stranded where no one could could get to her.

"The Mayville police department tried and turned around and the Hillsboro police department tried and had to turn around. At one point I called the dispatcher in Hillsboro and they said no one can come get you, you will have to wait until the roads are cleared," Bakke said.

Running out of gas and cell phone battery, she received good news that Mayville's baseball coach Scott Berry was stranded not too far away.

"It was very windy, very snowy and it was whipping it up pretty good like I said three of us went and we were trying to keep all of us safe in that instant and we need to get to her and get her to safe keeping," said Berry.

After walking 1/3rd of a mile to get to Bakke, Coach Berry was determined to get to her.

"There was no doubt in our minds of what we were going to need to do. We need to get to her, lend her support and comfort her in a very stressful time," said Berry.

Now, Bakke now has a new hero.

"Oh my gosh, (I am) beyond grateful, I don't know what would have happened if he hadn't shown up, probably nothing good," said Bakke.

Bakke says she will now prepare a little more for winter weather.