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Wednesday, March 21, 2012


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Posted at: 03/20/2012 6:37 PM
 Updated at: 03/20/2012 6:43 PM
 By: Gordon Severson

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 Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch Burglarized

(ABC 6 News) -- A popular camp for veterans and disabled people was burglarized Sunday night. At Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch, workers are dealing with a minor setback early on the season.

 "Computers take a lot of software and hard drives and you lose a lot of records," Executive Director Bob Bardwell says.

 Late Sunday night, someone broke in and stole two computers, a golf cart and a cordless drill. Two days later, Olmsted County investigators are searching for clues.

 They’re biggest one is a hand print that may belong to one of the burglars.

 "It's just you know, a couple days of work that you don't get your other work done," Office Manager Mary Ann Schultz

 When Schultz came in for work Monday morning she immediately noticed the doors were all open. "So I thought this is not good."

 Each one had been pried open by a crowbar. Walking into the office, she noticed a few open spaces on the desk.

 I turned the light on and it's like something is odd here," Schultz says.

 Two computers storing dozens of upcoming reservations had been stolen. Luckily, someone in the office had backed them up on a separate computer.

 "We'll be serving military here in a couple weeks so we try to focus on what we're here for. We'll keep the mission alive," Bardwell explains.

 They're mission is plain and simple, spreading joy, encouragement, and inspiration to thousands of campers each year.

 It’s a mission that shouldn’t be effected by this minor setback.

 Executive Director Bob Bardwell says he’s already willing to forgive and forget.

 "We just want you to know that we're not feeling anger for you. Our heart goes out to you. If you're interested, reach back out to us. We'll make things right and your life will be better because of it."

 Workers at Ironwood are preparing for a Summer full of activities.

 They’re popular program, “Operation Welcome Home” is still set for late March. The program features an entire weekend of fun activities for military members and their families.

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