The Superior Express -

Nelson neighbors helping neighbors


October 29, 2020

To every farmer, harvest is the best time of year, but this year Barry Melvin was not able to see this site because of a September 8 traffic accident which put him in the hospital for several weeks. The last cutting of alfalfa was put up, calves weaned and crops harvested, thanks to several family and friends showing up to complete the tasks.

Neighbors helping neighbors is what rural community is all about. After an accident left Barry Melvin of Nelson hospitalized on Sept. 8 - right before fall harvest - friends, family and neighbors did just that. They rallied together to run equipment, prepare meals and offer personal support, finishing harvest over the last few weeks. Others pitched in to wean and work the calves from Barry's beef herd.

Barry sustained a broken neck and nerve damage when a semi ran a stop sign and his the pickup he was in. He was in Grand Island hospital for a month. Barry has been able to return home."I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of help I have received," said Barry. "I look forward to springtime when I can hopefully get back to work. I am super thankful for the many hands who came to assist during my emergency and for the community that brought this season to a successful close."

When moving equipment between fields, it is always good to have extra help. Violet Ferebee helped by giving rides to the guys.

Barry and his family are thankful to everyone who came to help this fall and to many others whose offer to help was not needed. It is awesome to be blessed to live in a community of people who give so freely. Whether it was a phone call, a visit to the hospital or helping on the farm, everyone's generosity has been wonderful. Thanks to everyone.

Below is a list of those that helped. So many people just pitched in and took care of things. If you helped and are not on the list, the Melvins appreciated your help as well.

Randy Schneider, Steve Melvin, Theresa Schneider, John Ferebee, Ronda Ferebee, George Ferebee, Chris and Duane Meyer, Craig Corman, Tim Zikmund, Kent Thopson, Ron Broers, Jarrod Harrington, Derrick Harrington, Elaine Shuck, Mike Wallace, Nick Statz, Paul Statz, Stephan Statz, Travis and Lacy DeVore, TJ Kuykendall, Brian Paul, Violet Ferebee, Julie Swanson, Gordon Watts and Marilyn Corman.


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