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Funeral set for 3 family members killed in tragic silo accident

It happened last Saturday in west-central Minnesota.

A west-central Minnesota community is preparing to say goodbye to the three family members killed in a tragic farm accident accident last weekend.

Funeral plans have been announced for Curt, Alex and Steven Boesl, all of whom died as a result of exposure to toxic gases from a grain silo.

Curt, 47, and son Alex, 11, were working on top of the silo on a farm in Millerville last Saturday when they were overcome by fumes. Curt's brother, 49-year-old Steven, was called to the scene, and when he entered the silo in an attempt to rescue the pair, he was himself overcome by the fumes.

He died at the scene, while Curt and Alex were airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital and Children's Hospital in Minneapolis, respectively.

Curt Boesl died of his injuries the next day, and though Alex fought for his life for nearly a week, he passed away Friday.

The three will be remembered in what appears to be a joint funeral, scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31 at Our Lady of Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Millerville. 

Details on the funeral and visitation services, as well as how to send flowers, are available at Anderson Funeral Home.

Before Alex's death, a GoFundMe was set up on behalf of the Boesl family, and it has raised over $80,000 (with an original fundraising goal of $50,000).

An update on the page says the money will be split between the two Boesl families.

Meanwhile, a CaringBridge page set up on Alex's behalf says his organs will be donated, with his "Christmas miracle ... giving life to others."

Grain silos are known to be one of the most hazardous places to work in any industry, thanks to the silo gases formed by the fermentation of the chopped silage inside. 

Bloomberg reports that there were 29 entrapment incidents reported on farms in 2016, of which 18 proved fatal.

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