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Local inventor featured on KARE 11 News

Dale Ekdahl of Alexandria and the company he works for, Outstate Data LLC of Elbow Lake, were featured on the KARE 11 News on May 8.

The news segment featured an apparatus invented by Ekdahl to rescue people who become trapped in grain storage bins. Ekdahl and his invention were featured in the August 8, 2012 issue of the Echo Press. That article, “Preventing death by grain bins,” can be viewed online at

Suffocation is the leading cause of death in grain bins. According to a Purdue University study, there were 180 grain bin deaths in the U.S. from 1984 to 2012. Eleven of those occurred in Minnesota.

Outstate Data LLC manufactures grain bin rescue tubes and trains people on how to effectively use them.

The KARE 11 segment, titled “Tool made in MN helps rescue people trapped in grain bin,” can be viewed online at

Tara Bitzan

Tara Bitzan is editor of the Echo Press. She joined the company in 1991 as a news reporter. A lifelong resident of Douglas County, Tara graduated from Brandon High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications and English with a minor in Scandinavian Studies from Moorhead State University. She and her husband, Dennis, and their children live near Alexandria.

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