Editorial: Tribune Thumbs

Published 9:22 pm Friday, August 11, 2017

To all the firefighters and deputies who responded to a man stuck in a grain bin in eastern Freeborn County.

Thank you to all of the first responders who ultimately saved a man’s life on Tuesday after he became stuck in a grain bin for almost two hours in Oakland Township.

First responders used grain rescue tubes and an auger to relieve the pressure of corn off of David Greibrok, who had become stuck after he and his brother were breaking up rotten corn.

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With such a life-threatening situation, we are grateful Greibrok was ultimately able to walk out of the bin after such a time.

Thank you to the first responders for your training and capabilities.

To a fire in Wells that destroyed an apartment building and left several families without homes.

We were sad to hear news that more than 30 people were without a home after a fire started in the Wellington Estates apartment building on Sunday in Wells.

The cause of the fire in the building — which is the former Wells Hospital — has not yet been released.

While we are glad no one was injured, our hearts go out to the families who lost their belongings and homes.

To Albert Lea Floats.

Thanks to the organizers of this year’s Albert Lea Floats, which allows people to get out on Albert Lea Lake free of charge in canoes, kayaks and paddleboards Saturday starting from Golden Point Launch in Frank Hall Park.

Vendors will also have food for sale, and train rides will be available for children. The Pelican Breeze II will offer rides for $5 per person.

This event is a lot of fun, and we encourage people to take advantage of the opportunity to get out on the lake.

The event goes from noon to 4 p.m.