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Help Windmill Staff After Fire

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During the night of Monday, January 24, 2022, a fire broke out in The Windmill Cafe in Savage , MN causing significant damage to the interior of the building.

Thankfully nobody was hurt, but the damage is extensive. The restaurant is closed until further notice leaving owners Kari Whetsel and Adam Langfeld along with 9 full and part-time employees out of work for months. 
We’re raising money to help with lost wages for the entire staff during the closure and any rebuilding costs not covered by insurance.
Any help you can offer will go directly to support the staff. It’s unclear what The Windmill’s operation costs and insurance reimbursements will be going forward, but we know they need help now. If you prefer to send a check you can send one to
Kari Whetsel
PO Box 291
Savage MN 55378
This is a devastating loss not just for the people who work at The Windmill, but for the entire community. The Windmill is an old-fashioned diner serving homestyle breakfast & lunch classics since 1972.
The Windmill has been a family-operated business since 2008 when our parents ran it. When they retired they sold it to our longtime friends Kari and Adam in January 2020.
The past two years have been hard on the restaurant industry, with nearly 100 restaurants closing permanently in the Twin Cities alone.
Despite the four-week shut down and myriad restrictions caused by COVID, this mom & pop operation has weathered the storm. From pivoting to take-out orders to serving diners outside, they’ve come up with innovative ideas to keep their workers employed, the business running, and serve the people of Savage and surrounding areas the tastiest breakfast around .
Thank you for supporting this much-loved community establishment during this difficult time. We will rise & shine again and can’t wait to serve you!


  • Babette Milne
    • $30 
    • 2 yrs
  • Anonymous
    • $15 
    • 2 yrs
  • Anonymous
    • $25 
    • 2 yrs
  • Anonymous
    • $250 
    • 2 yrs
  • Harlan Juvland
    • $25 
    • 2 yrs

Fundraising team (4)

Jodi Chromey
Raised $1,130 from 22 donations
Shakopee, MN
Kari Whetsel
Adam Langfeld
Team member
Raised $2,325 from 38 donations
Ericka Kimball
Team member
Raised $285 from 5 donations
Kelli Chromey
Team member
Raised $225 from 5 donations
This team raised $8,250 from 122 other donations.

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