After a farmer suffered a heart attack, his neighbors banded together to harvest his crops

 edition.cnn.com  09/19/2020 04:57:57 

In the stress of the event, Unhjem went into cardiac arrest and was rushed to the hospital.

But his farm is harvested as neighbors, friends and family wasted no time stepping up to help finish the job.

Around 60 farmers in Divide County put their harvesting on hold to help the Unhjems, using all their own equipment.

Lane Unhjem was operating his combine when it suddenly caught on fire and he suffered a subsequent heart attack.

The group used 11 combines, six grain carts and 15 tractor-trailers to finish harvesting Unhjem's Durum wheat and canola. Using the power of community, they harvested 1,000 acres in seven hours.

Those who assisted say letting the Unhjem's crops go unharvested would've been a big loss for the family and helping out was just common sense.

Some of the 11 combines at work harvesting Lane Unhjems farm near Crosby, North Dakota.

"Everybody knows the Unhjems, and they're good people and good in the community, and it's just kind of the farming way of life, too. You help your neighbor out when they need it, and don't expect anything in return," Binde told KFYR.

After being flown to a hospital in Minot, Lane Unhjem is in stable condition, but his family says he has a long road of recovery ahead.

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