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Bob Lind, Published May 18 2013

Lind: ND farmer saved man pinned under machine

This story could be in Nicole Phillips’ Forum column, which focuses on kind things people do for one another.

But this letter came in before Nicole started her column. Neighbors, always swamped with stories you folks are good enough to send in, is just catching up with it.

It comes from Evelyn Hempler, of Woodbury, Minn., who writes about her father, Leo Vculek, who farmed near Crete, N.D., northeast of Oakes.

It was a day in 1925 or thereabouts, Evelyn writes, when her father was working in the field and heard someone “practically roaring for help.”

Leo immediately tracked down the source of that plea. It was in a nearby field, where he found a man “pinned under some kind of a horse-drawn machine,” Evelyn says.

“My dad somehow lifted the machine alone and got the man free.”

She can’t imagine how her dad was strong enough to do this, but he did.

Happily, the man was not severely injured and in fact lived “to a very old age,” Evelyn says.


And there you have an act of kindness that perhaps saved a man’s life.

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