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|A little about me, I was born in a little west central Minnesota town. We moved up to Fergus Falls, MN when I was in 6th grade so I still consider Fergus to be my home town. My dad is Dr. Vernon Doms and my mom is Patricia Doms. I have two half sisters from my father's first marriage, Lynn and Tara.
Melinda was born in Anchorage, AK and grew up in Grand Rapids, MN. Her dad and mom are Bruce Swenson and Terry Swenson. She has a sister, Addie, and a brother, Louie. I guess the Alaskan start in life explains her love for the outdoors!
We live in smaller town which is about 50 miles west of Minneapolis, MN and located in a beautiful rural county. I have two kids, Cullen and Cailyn and Melinda has two also, Matt and Jessica. My real job is as a portfolio manager for a financial company which services educational loans for private, state and federal lenders. I also do freelance work as a stringer and stream live video during chase season through TornadoVideos.Net. When people ask me why I chase, I tell them because it is less exciting than my day to day job and allows me to relax . Truthfully, the road to where we are now has been long, winding, smooth in some spots, and massive potholes in others...but we survived. We are very thankful for the life we now have.
|Every chaser puts in something about how they got started so here is mine. My dad took this photo in September of 1969 from our front yard in Grant county. It appeared on the front page of the Minneapolis Star newspaper and was one of the most studied photos at the time. He always had a great interest in the weather but this really got the ball rolling for me. To make a long story short, once I could drive I was out watching the storms come in out of the Dakotas. This kept progressing to where I am today....totally obsessed with every storm I can be fortunate enough to witness.|
|While chasing does occupy a lot of our life, we actually have a pretty broad array of interests. A lot of them revolve around the kids. Anything they want to do is usually good with us. We spend a lot of time working with the horses and our home is usually pretty busy with friends stopping by or us taking off for some activity.|
|Camping trips back "home" to the edge of the wilderness is something Melinda and I enjoy
|Chasing really is a family thing for us. Any time Melinda and I can get the schedules lined up to hit the road, we do it!|
|Growing up in northern Minnesota, hunting and fishing is a tradition and part of every family's heritage. We are trying to keep this going with the kids the best we can.|
|Cullen has definately gotten bitten by the chase bug also. I started taking him me locally when he was 4 and now he logs about 10,000 miles a year with me. He does the majority of the navigating and keeps all of the cameras in working order and ready to go. As of the end of the 2010 season, he has witnessed 25 tornadoes and has had video appear on local and national networks.|
|I'm not a sports freak but really enjoy baseball and hockey. After dragging my hockey career out as long as possible, I finally hung up the pads and am happy to skate with the kids or play a little garage hockey with them. Melinda takes on the role of being the family manger but her heart is with the horses.|
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