BLOMKEST -- Flags are flying at half-staff in Minnesota Friday in honor and remembrance of a firefighter who died when severe storms hit Kandiyohi County.

Blomkest firefighter Ryan Erickson died when a large grain bin was blown over and fell on him last Thursday night.

Sixty-three-year-old Erickson was preparing to leave his farm near Lake Lillian and monitor the severe thunderstorms.

The order from Governor Walz says,

" Ryan Leif Erickson was a dedicated firefighter and previous fire chief who was respected by his family, friends, and colleagues.”

The funeral for Erickson is at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Refuge Church in Willmar.

This story is courtesy of the Minnesota News Network

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