Emergency personnel free man trapped neck high in grain bin

FSA farm accident

ROYALTON — Authorities freed a 61-year-old man who was pinned in a grain bin up to his neck.

The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office received a report at 4:10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, of a Royalton man trapped in a grain bin at a residence on Nature Road in Bellevue Township, 3 miles east of Royalton. Deputies arrived and found James Schlichting pinned in a grain bin up to his neck area. Deputies along with firefighters were able tie a rope around Schlichting’s arm and provide oxygen to him while extrication efforts took place. After two hours of rescue efforts, Schlichting was freed from the grain bin. He was transported to St. Cloud Hospital by Mayo Clinic Ambulance, where he was treated and released.

Morrison County Sheriff Larsen stated in a news release the swift actions of all emergency personnel, as well as family members and neighbors, saved Schlichting’s life.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Royalton police, fire and medical personnel departments, Rice Fire Department, North Memorial Health Air Care and Mayo Clinic Ambulance.

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