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Victim of bin accident dies; neighbors unite to support family

FARGO - A man who became pinned under a large metal bin Tuesday in Fargo's industrial park has died from his injuries.

Neighbors said Noren Ellingson "sustained a traumatic brain injury" in the workplace accident at Buhler Industries, 1330 43rd St. N.

The 49-year-old died Thursday at Fargo's Sanford Medical Center, leaving behind a wife and three children.

Funeral arrangements are pending through Wright Funeral Home in Moorhead.

Ellingson was an employee of Buhler Industries, a Winnipeg-based company that manufactures and distributes agricultural equipment.

Assistant Fargo Fire Chief Larry Schuh said Tuesday that the metal bin - similar to a commercial Dumpster - was being loaded onto a truck when it slipped and landed on Ellingson before 8:45 a.m.

Following the tragedy, friends and neighbors are rallying to help Ellingson's family cope with the loss.

The Horace Mann Area Neighborhood Association has set up a charitable account to help the family, who lives in north Fargo.

Donations are tax-deductible and will go to benefit Ellingson's wife, Kathleen, and their three children: Sadie, Emily and Sanders.

Checks can be sent to: Noren Ellingson account, Fargo Public Schools Federal Credit Union, 415 4th St. N., Fargo, ND 58102.

The Ellingson family did not immediately return a message through the funeral home seeking comment.

Bill Williams, Ellingson's neighbor of 16 years, described Ellingson as "literally the greatest guy ever."

"He was always smiling, always willing to help people," Williams said.

For example, Williams said Ellingson was always the first of the neighborhood out snow-blowing his neighbors' driveways on cold winter mornings.

"He was just a great person and the world is not a better place without him," Williams said.

Buhler Industries declined to comment after Tuesday's accident and did not return another message Friday from The Forum.

Federal investigators with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are looking into the accident, a process that could take months.