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Fire departments in area train for grain rescues

STARBUCK, Minn - This past week several rural fire departments and CHS Country Operations employees came together for a hands on training on how to conduct grain evacuation rescues when faced with an entrapment in a confined space. CHS sponsored this training which aimed at saving lives during grain emergencies. The training was conducted by SATRA and was held outside of Starbuck at the Lauris and Sharon Johnshoy Farm.

"Safety is very important. Having trained staff and emergency personnel is key to saving lives," says Carrie Krenz, safety coordinator.

The classroom and hands on training was offered to local fire departments and CHS Business Units. In attendance were Long Prairie, Lowry and Starbuck Fire and Rescue Departments and 37 CHS employees. Both groups gained critical insights into how to save lives and protect those who are aiding in the response.

In addition to this training, Prairie Lakes Coop has provided Returning Value grants to local fire departments to purchase grain evacuation equipment in recent years.

"Prairie Lakes Coop is deeply committed to our staff and communities," says Brad Manderschied, General Manager, "sponsoring events like this makes our communities safer."

Prairie Lakes Coop (, a CHS Service Center, provides products and services in the agronomy, energy, and grain markets to meet the needs of its patrons. Prairie Lakes Coop has locations in the communities of Cyrus, Elrosa, Glenwood, Hoffman, Long Prairie, Lowry, Park Rapids, and Starbuck which create customized farm plans with producers in agronomy inputs, propane, fuel, and grain marketing.