Brighter Side: Good news this week

UNDATED (KTHV) - From a boss paying the salaries of his out-of-work employees to the use of superhuman strength to save a man, there are plenty of positive stories from the past week that are definitely on the 'brighter side'.

Man rescues fellow driver from burning SUV

A Minneapolis man says he owes his life to a fellow driver who pulled him from a burning SUV. Robert Renning of Woodbury was headed southbound on Interstate 35W near County Road D Sunday evening, coming back from a relative's lake cabin, when he noticed a vehicle driving near him was on fire. He flagged down the motorist — Michael Johannes of Minneapolis — but Johannes had already pulled over. That's when Renning sprang into action. He ran to the car and bent the locked door in half. "He bent the door with his bare hands.That was him. It was no tool," said Johannes. "It shattered the glass and they were able to pull me out." Johannes suffered minor smoke inhalation and sustained light cuts from being pulled through the shattered window, while Renning was unharmed. Johannes is still dealing with emotional wounds.

Boss plays employees out of his own pocket

It's often said there's a silver lining in every tragedy. When the Culver's restaurant in Platteville burned down last November, owner Bruce Kroll said he knew he would rebuild on the lot. But he didn't immediately know what he would do about paying his staff. "The insurance covered 60 days of employee salaries," Kroll said. After thinking it over, Kroll opted to continue paying his employees, out of his own pocket, for an additional five months until the store reopened June 16. The payments to the 40 workers totaled roughly $180-thousand.Kroll only had one request in return. "We asked that, everybody that could, go out and volunteer their time," he said, "whether it be for a charity or some other organization that needed help."

Baby goats play on patient horse

The YouTube video, "Mr. G 'kid' Sitting," has reached more than 600,000 views and with good reason! During the 1 1/2 minute clip, the horse sits calmly as three baby goats scamper all over his back. Mister G doesn't even flinch when the goats tumble off him. Some commenters are calling him the world's most patient horse.


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