A benefit will be held Jan. 17 for Nate Frank, 21, of Schaller who sustained injuries during a tractor and train accident October 18 in Alta.
The benefit will be held at Lobos Dining Room in Schaller beginning at 5:30 p.m. An auction will also follow the benefit and proceeds from the benefit and auction will help pay for medical expenses. BBQ pork, salads and drinks will be served. Anyone who'd like to donate items for the auction are encouraged to bring them to the Schaller Telephone Office.
Prior to the accident Frank had been living in Laramie, WY and was working as a diesal mechanic tech. His grandmother Betty says Nate came home to help with his family's crop harvest. His fiancee, Danielle Oxley, 20, also of Laramie and her 14 month old daughter Piper were riding along with Frank in the tractor when it collided with a train at a crossing as the tractor headed south on West Highway in Alta. Danielle was killed instantly. Piper was transported to Avera-McKenna Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD from Buena Vista Regional Medical Center; she passed away from injuries on October 19. Frank was treated at BVRMC and was later transported to Mercy Hospital in Sioux City. Frank suffered a compressed skull fracture and facial injuries.
Nate is recovering well and has returned to work at Hultgren Implement in Storm Lake. Betty says the family would like to thank the community for their support and prayers. "The people have been so kind, it's overwhelming," she says. Frank is the son of Larry Frank of Schaller and Christina Frank of Schaller and the grandson of Betty and Dick Frank also of Schaller. Thrivent Financial will be supplementing the benefir proceeds.