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Heartfelt condolences and donations have been pouring in for a Barron County family who lost a father and a son in a tragic farm accident.

A GoFundMe donation page was set up for the Briel family to help fund funeral expenses for Dan Briel, 51, and his son, David, 14, who died after being trapped in a silo on March 24. Briel and his two sons, David and Caleb, 15, were cleaning out the silo when a large chunk of silage dislodged from above and came crashing down on the trio.

According to the GoFundMe page, Caleb was able to escape and call for help. By the time rescuers were able to free the pair, Dan Briel had died and David died before the ambulance reached the life flight team.

As of April 6, $102,280 has been raised by 1,423 donors in 12 days – exceeding the fundraising goal of $90,000. Funds will be used to cover funeral expenses and other costs. The fundraising organizer reports that a private donor is covering GoFundMe’s processing fee so 100% of donations go directly to Melissa Briel for the family.

The family has made the decision to sell the herd of cows at a dispersal sale set for 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 10 at Equity Livestock’s Horst Stables facility in Thorp. According to the sale bill, 31 dairy cows will be auctioned off. Free pizza and root beer (a family favorite) will be served to those attending the sale in honor of Dan and David.

To donate to the fund or leave a message for the family visit the GoFundMe page.

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