Farm Rescue latest ‘angel’ to aid Oliver County farmer
By Annette Tait
There have been angels watching over Dale Barth in recent weeks: the first reduced the impact of what could have been a deadly accident, the second minimized damage from a fire on the adjoining Wilbur J. Boldt Wildlife Management Area, and the third angels were the duo of his daughters, Danica Krein and Desirae Barth, who completed the application to bring Farm Rescue – the most recent angels – to seed Dale’s spring crops.
Dale’s ordeal began the afternoon of March 12, when he began to air up a tire he planned to use as a spare for his pick-up. The tire exploded, sending Dale flying 15 feet into the door of his Quonset.
“The bead broke and she blew up,” Dale said, displaying the tire with its torn sidewall. “Bent the door in a foot-and-a-half.”
Dale didn’t know until he was in the hospital emergency room that he’d broken his right wrist in two places and all but the little finger on his right hand, and his left thumb. The surgeon inserted a rod and pins in the wrist, and 38 pins in Dale’s hand and fingers to hold the bone fragments in place so they can heal.
“What happened to Dale is rare-- he was lucky,” said Larry Erhardt, who provides tire service for Main Street Auto. “I think it could’ve been fatal if it had hit his face. He was very fortunate.”
The next challenge for Dale was a prairie fire in the Wilbur J. Boldt Wildlife Management Area, which shares a border with Dale’s property. The fire burned an estimated 200 acres, and destroyed around 37 of Dale’s hay bales. Dale credits the Oliver County Rural Fire Protection District volunteers who responded, along with the lack of wind that night, for not suffering any greater loss.
After Dale’s accident Danica and Desirae had already increased their management duties to where they were completely running the Lone Wolf, their father’s business in Center. Dale’s injuries prevented him from working at the bar, and it was obvious that he wouldn’t be able to do spring planting on his farm, where he raises wheat, hay, cattle, and barley.
So the sisters decided to get in touch with Farm Rescue, a non-profit organization that helps producers who have a debilitating illness or have suffered an injury or natural disaster that prevents them from being able to plant, harvest or hay their land.