Tubes for the trapped

December 11, 2011 at 1:58 pm in 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. Continue Reading