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Grain bin buckles in Minn Lake

By Staff | Nov 1, 2010

Everyone knows this year’s corn harvest has been great, and many are calling it a ‘bin buster.’

That phrase rang true in Minnesota Lake last week, when one of five large grain bins near the downtown area began to buckle and corn started pouring out.

According to Faribault County Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Adams, the call concerning the leaking corn came in about 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22.

A portion of Highway 22 through Minnesota Lake was blocked off, according to the sheriff’s office.

Adams says a company was called to empty the bin of corn, and then dismantle it before it collapsed altogether.

The crew was there by 5 p.m. and cut holes in the bin to help with emptying the grain faster.

Electrical power was cut off to the area, to prevent any chance of explosion, Adams says. Plus, five nearby homes were also evacuated.

However, no injuries were reported during the incident, and the persons were allowed to reenter their homes later that evening.