Benefit for John Schuett, house lost in fire

John Schuett and his dogs Skamper and Duke narrowly survived a fire which destroyed their home near Swanville. His family members and friends are sponsoring a benefit to help Schuett start over again, Saturday, Dec. 14 from 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. at the VFW in Little Falls.

John Schuett and his dogs Skamper and Duke narrowly survived a fire which destroyed their home near Swanville. His family members and friends are sponsoring a benefit to help Schuett start over again, Saturday, Dec. 14 from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. at the VFW in Little Falls.

Schuett and his two dogs made it out safely

 by Jennie ZeitlerStaff Writer

John Schuett woke early  Nov. 11, to the sound of a smoke alarm. As soon as he saw the smoke and flames, he narrowly escaped without shoes, socks or shirt. His two favorite companions, Duke and Skamper, made it out too.

Although the Swanville and Long Prairie fire departments did everything they could, the house was a total loss.

Schuett is a lifelong member of the community of Swanville. He lives with the effects of lupus, struggling to meet living expenses. Homeowners insurance was not something he could cover.

Family members and friends are coordinating a benefit for Schuett, sponsored by the local chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association. It will be held Saturday, Dec. 14 at VFW Post 1112, 1210 Third Avenue N.E., Little Falls from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.

“We are asking people to help make this a success, as John is starting all over,” said his brother, Mike.

A spaghetti dinner will be served. There will be card raffles and other activities.

A live auction will be conducted by Joe Przybilla, who is donating his time.

Lost Rider Entertainment will be providing music.

Monetary gifts can be deposited in the John Schuett Fire Benefit fund at Pine Country Bank in Little Falls.

For more information, contact Mike Schuett at (320) 632-3558 or Jim Schuett at (218) 839-8973.

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