After a farmer in North Dakota burned a combine while harvesting, the man suffered a heart attack. As farmer Lane Anhem’s neighbor, Don Anderson, wrote in a Facebook post, Lane was busy picking up and settling down near the town of Crosby when he became incapacitated. He was rushed to a nearby hospital.
Before Anhem underwent a course of treatment, Anderson said, about 40-50 farmers joined together to finish the neighbor’s case. In just seven hours, they were able to accommodate 4,000 square miles [4,000 sq km] of grain.
“Now that Lane’s health needs attention, it’s time for her friends and neighbors to stand by her. For a small town like ours, this is a common story,” Anderson wrote on Facebook.
“Anhemites have excellent grains that can be safely accommodated today. However, more important than that is the knowledge that they have a circle of friends who help, pray, or do what they can to help in such a difficult situation,” says Anderson. “When we realize that we are not alone in such a situation.”
Anhem usually grows wheat and rapeseed on his own farm, and the neighbors knew that if the family could not harvest this crop because of a farmer’s heart attack, it would severely affect the family’s financial situation.
“Anhems are known to everyone, they are very good people and people love them too. However, it is also a way of life for farmers. When a neighbor needs it, you help and expect nothing in return,” said family friend Jenna Bind.
Because of this unwritten rule established among the people, the neighbors do not waste time. 11 combine harvesters, 6 grain machines and 15 trucks were brought to Anhem Farm to get the case on time.
“I talked to a few farmers, I asked them for cars, but then people started calling and they offered us cars and workers from all over the district,” Bind said.
Following this heartbreaking story, Anderson wrote on Facebook:
“Whatever you sow, reap! This old saying fits many life situations. However, in this case, it has a double meaning – harvesting and helping friends. Barakala to everyone who helped us today.”
Anhem, despite a long course of treatment, is on the road to recovery.