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Yellow Medicine County man dies in grain bin accident

GRANITE FALLS — A rural Yellow Medicine County man died Monday after apparently being accidentally buried in a grain bin.

The Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office identified him as Richard Rosetter, 77.

The Sheriff’s Office was notified at 4:40 p.m. Monday that Rosetter was missing and was believed to be in a grain bin that was in the process of having the contents removed.

Workers at the farm, located in the 3000 block of 480th Street, told deputies that Rosetter had been in and out of the grain bin and was last seen around 2 p.m. but was believed to have left with his wife. When the wife returned and workers realized Rosetter wasn’t with her, they began to search the property, then called 911 when they were unable to find him.

Rescue personnel searched the farm and still couldn’t find Rosetter. The grain bin then was emptied, a process that took six and a half hours, and Rosetter was found inside. The Sheriff’s Office said he was pronounced dead at the scene by the Yellow Medicine County deputy coroner.

Emergency personnel at the scene included the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office, Clarkfield Ambulance, Montevideo Fire Department, Clarkfield Fire Department and Yellow Medicine Technical Rescue Team. Numerous friends and neighbors also assisted with equipment to remove the grain from the bin.