On July 19th, 2021 at 1:31 PM, the Renville County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting an injured person at the United Farmers Coop on the 200 block of north Main Street in Bird Island. The caller reported that an employee who was working inside of the main elevator had fallen several stories and was now trapped inside. The employee was identified as Matthew Rice, 26 of Olivia.


Responders were able to locate Rice inside of the structure 40-50 feet below where he had been working. Rice was extricated from the building and lowered to the ground. He was then airlifted from the scene to the North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale with severe injuries.