Robbie Gieseke was combining corn about 17 miles west of his farm Saturday night when his corn dryer started on fire. His brother Nate was hauling a truckload of corn to the farm place when he saw the 65-foot dryer ablaze. He quickly got out of his truck, shut off utilities near the dryer and called 911 to report the fire. The Nicollet County Sheriff’s Office took the fire call at 8:21 p.m. Saturday. Before long, firefighters were battling the blaze and calling for mutual aid. Firefighters from seven fire departments were eventually called to the New Sweden Township fire northeast of New Ulm. Tens of thousands of gallons of water were poured on the fire that destroyed the big dryer. Fire fighters from Lafayette, Nicollet, Courtland, New Ulm, Winthrop, Gaylord and Arlington brought about a dozen tanker trucks and other firefighting equipment.


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