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Posted on: September 2, 2020

9-2-20 Grain Bin Accident - Royalton

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Shawn Larsen Contact Information


Morrison County Sheriff’s Office 

September 2, 2020

Morrison County Sheriff Shawn Larsen advised that on 9-1-2020 at approximately 4:10 pm, their office received a report of a man trapped in a grain bin at a residence on Nature Road, approximately three miles east of Royalton, MN in Bellevue Township. 

According to the Sheriff’s Office, 61-year-old James Schlichting of Royalton, MN was pinned in a grain bin up to his neck area. Deputies along with Firefighters were able to tie a rope around Schlichting’s arm and provide oxygen to him while extrication efforts took place. After approximately 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.

Sheriff Larsen stated that the swift actions of all emergency personnel, to include family members and neighbors, saved Schlichting’s life.

The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Royalton Police Department, Royalton Fire Department, Royalton First Response Team, Rice Fire Department, North Memorial Air Care and Mayo Clinic Ambulance.

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