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Harvest help for Ionia family

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by Danielle Wagner

NEW HAMPTON (KWWL) Two hours and 45 minutes. That's how long it took friends and neighbors driving six combines and five grain carts to harvest 150 acres of corn at a New Hampton farm.

Reggy Nelson of Ionia planted the crop, but he died September 10th in a motorcycle crash in Minnesota.

"It was just Reggy, my daughter and me. We were on our way into Winona to get lunch. We just stopped five minutes before that for a couple minutes to decide what we're doing, and I had been leading and Reggy said I'll take the lead. One curve we came around and a car crossed the center line. Just not a chance. Happened in an instant," said friend Dick Rausch.

"When the accident happened, I never worried about the harvest because I knew our community would help," said wife Carolyn Nelson.

She was right. The community did help.

"This farm is close to where we live, and I said Carolyn let us take that farm out for you. She said she'd think about it. Well, she called three weeks ago and said we're lined up Five Star Co-op in New Hampton, and it'll haul the grain. So I told a couple neighbors and the word got around and you couldn't believe. We didn't have to organize it. People called," said neighbor Duane Lynch.

Besides equipment operators, business owners in New Hampton and Ionia donated food for lunch and money for fuel.

"People know this type of thing shouldn't happen and it happened. In a small community people pull together and there's guys here that aren't done harvesting but they were willing to let theirs go and come and help," said Lynch.

The Nelson family said Reggy would be grateful for the help.

"He would just think it was so awesome everyone came to help," said daughter Amber Kleiner.

"Words can't express it. I just appreciate it all so much," said Carolyn Nelson.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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