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Friends, neighbors harvest for Dean Hamling

Semi tractor-trailer is loaded from a grain cart at the Dean Hamling farm.Dozens of friends and neighbors brought their semi tractor-trailers, combines, tractors and grain carts to the Dean Hamling farm southeast of Cedar Rapids last Thursday morning, Oct. 27.

Their purpose was to harvest corn for fellow farmer Dean Hamling, who underwent a stem cell transplant this week at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, for Hodgkins lymphoma.

Friends organized the harvest bee after learning that Hamling must spend six weeks in isolation after the procedure. That meant Hamling likely wouldn’t be able to finish up the fall harvest on his own.

A total of about 50 people brought 16 semi tractor-trailers, six combines, and nine tractors with grain carts. They harvested, hauled and stored the corn from 200 acres in about five hours.

Details in the Nov. 2 Albion News Print & Electronic Editions.