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Members of the St. Croix EMS rope rescue team rig from the rear of a fire truck Friday afternoon in preparation for pulling Buddy Schumacher from a bin on his rural Baldwin farm. Submitted photo.

Farmer counts himself 'lucky' to survive corn bin entrapment

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By Steve Dzubay and Judy Wiff

BALDWIN -- Volunteers from five area departments, including River Falls, converged on a town of Rush River farm Friday afternoon to rescue a farmer trapped in a large bin while trying to release corn that had crusted near its top.

Buddy Schumacher, 52, said Monday that he is "stiff, sore, black and blue" but lucky to be alive after an ordeal that lasted over five hours.

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