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Published December 11, 2011, 07:58 PM

Tubes for the trapped: Minnesota man's product aimed at grain bin rescue

Seeing men die in an ugly fashion, buried in grain bins, pushed Dale Ekdahl to do something. The Elbow Lake, Minn., man, retired from a career in the Army, started building and selling “grain bin rescue tubes.” Last week, Paul Coppin, general manager of Reynolds (N.D.) United Co-op invited Ekdahl to talk to local firefighters and elevator employees. Ekdahl’s “tubes” are really 18-inch-wide curved lengths of shiny aluminum, with ladder steps welded on the outside.

By: Stephen J. Lee, Grand Forks Herald

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