‘To know Ryan was to love Ryan:’ Friends remember Kandiyohi County man killed in storm

A man died Thursday night after storms knocked down a grain bin in Kandiyohi County.

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office says deputies were called to a home in the 17000 block of 45th Street Southeast in Lake Lillian at around 7 p.m.

The caller reported that a storm had just blown over a large grain bin and a man was missing.

Crews responded and eventually found the man’s body under the collapsed grain bin, the sheriff’s office says.

The sheriff’s office reports the man has been identified as 63-year-old Ryan Erickson, of Lake Lillian.

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“Best friend you could have … he was known and loved by everyone,” Beverly Jacobson said of Erickson.

“Just wonderful people … it’s heartbreaking,” Dawn Oslund added.

Friends say Erickson’s family once owned a business in nearby Blomkest for many years, he served on the fire department and was recently elected to the county electric cooperative board.

“The whole family is a pillar of the community,” Oslund said.

The community plans to gather soon to remember a man who they say touched all corners of the town with his dedication to family and friends.

“It’s been a terrible, terrible blow to anyone who knew … to know Ryan was to love Ryan, he would have done anything for anyone, he was a wonderful, wonderful person,” Jacobson said.