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

Published 12/11/2011, Grand Forks Herald

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.

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