The National Weather Service will offer two classes to train interested people to observe and report severe weather to assist in the weather warning process.

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"In 2018 there were a total of 11 tornadoes that touched Goodhue County thanks to two storms in August and another in September," said Jim Braaten, lead coordinator for the Sogn Valley SKYWARN group.

Braaten said many people do not heed weather warnings until they are sure that danger is imminent, so spotters are important to public safety. "A tornado confirmed to be on the ground usually prompts most folks to take cover immediately," Braaten said.

Two classes will be offered. The first will be 9 a.m. March 30 at the Kenyon Fire Department. The second class will be 7 p.m. April 16 at the Wanamingo Community Center.

Volunteers will learn how to identify potential severe weather features, what information to report and how, as well as severe weather safety.

Both classes are free, last about 2.5 hours, and are open to the public. Pre-registration is not necessary for either session.

For more information, visit or contact Braaten at 507-789-6916 or by email at