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After tragedy, farmers come together to harvest friend's land

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The hum of the harvest billows through the air. John Deere after John Deere clip through corn fields near Wentworth. The rain is threatening, and these combines have an obligation to fulfill.

"There's people here I don't even know," said Roger Schrepel.

Farmers from as far away as 30 miles came ready to work Dave Feige's farm.

"All of a sudden the door of the shed opens, and probably, oh I would bet 50 people came in. It's unbelievable," said Schrepel.

"They could all be out there doing their own fields and everybody just wanted and needed to be here to help," said Carolyn Feige.

Her husband, Dave, died in a tragic farming accident last week. For 40 years Dave farmed 1,100 acres of South Dakota prairie, loving every moment.

"He loved to get up and go out to work. At 5:30 in the morning he couldn't wait to get up and head outside and start working," said Carolyn.

Roger Schrepel helped organize Wednesday's harvest.

"We've been best friends. Someone asked me once when I knew Dave and it was October 26, 1956. That's the day I was born," said Schrepel. "He was my best man. Kind of hard. He was my best man until the day he died."

And, that's why Schrepel made sure Feige's farm would be taken care of, even if it meant brining in 25 combines to do it.

"(It) shows the wonderful generosity and the closeness of small town rural South Dakota. There just really is no better place to be," said Carolyn.

At the end of the day, a proud group smiles to the sun. They brought their friend's harvest in, and with a crack of thunder, it appeared like he applauded.

"Words can't express what it means to us."

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