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Published April 23, 2010, 10:22 AM

South Dakota banker rescues Minnesota farmer

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A South Dakota banker making a routine trip to a southwest Minnesota farm ended up saving the farmer’s life. Everett Vande Voort, 74, became trapped in a bin of swirling corn earlier this month on his farm near Beaver Creek.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A South Dakota banker making a routine trip to a southwest Minnesota farm ended up saving the farmer’s life.

Everett Vande Voort, 74, became trapped in a bin of swirling corn earlier this month on his farm near Beaver Creek.

“I was taking some corn out of the bin, it didn’t come, so I went up in there and poked with a pipe, and I saw the corn start moving, so I was going to go out again, and I never made it out,” he said.

Sioux Falls banker David O’Hara said he thought something might be wrong when he got to the farm.

“Both his augers were running and Everett was no where in sight, so usually not a good thing,” he said. “I climbed up to the top of the bin and looked down in, and there was Everett, buried basically up to the neck in corn.”

O’Hara called emergency crews who rescued Vande after several hours. The farmer was flown to a hospital in Sioux Falls, treated for a foot injury and released the next day, though he continues therapy.

Vande Voort said he doesn’t remember anything about the accident or much about the rescue, but knows he’s lucky.

“It could have been a whole lot worse. It could have been the end,” he said. “(O’Hara) was the hero at the moment.”

“Right place at the right time for sure,” O’Hara said.

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