Cindy and Dale Ekdahl of Minnkota Ag Products, Breckenridge, MN, have devised a system to assist in rescuing anyone who accidentally gets trapped in a grain bin. The couple worked with firefighters to create an improved rescue system compared to what existed in the market, according to Minnesota Public Radio (MPR). The Ekdahls also have trained first responders from more than 20 states on how to conduct grain bin rescues. Purdue University tracks grain bin accidents and has found that Minnesota, Iowa, and Indiana rank the highest in the number of such events. Grain bin accidents, believed to be underreported by 30 percent, can include falls, asphyxiation from toxic fumes, and getting trapped or caught in equipment. MPR states that in Minnesota, 114 of 193 accidents since 1962 involved victims being trapped in the grain itself. To learn more, click here.