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1 dead in Kandiyohi County after severe weather drops grain bin on vehicle

The Minnesota State Fire Department Association posted on Facebook that the man killed, Ryan Erickson, was a member of the Blomkest Fire Department.

BLOMKEST, Minn. — A man was killed in south-central Minnesota during Thursday's line of severe storms, the second person killed during severe weather in two days.

According to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office, a man was reported missing after a grain bin was blown over in the wake of destructive storms just before 7 p.m. on May 12.

The man was located in a car under the collapsed grain bin in Blomkest, Minnesota, about 20 miles south of Willmar. The man, identified as 63-year-old Ryan Erickson from Lake Lillian, Minnesota, was dead at the scene.

The Minnesota State Fire Department Association posted on Facebook that Erickson was a member of the Blomkest Fire Department.

"It is with heavy hearts we share with you that Ryan Erickson, Blomkest Fire Dept., passed away last night, while on duty, due to injuries sustained in the storms," the post reads. "Please keep Ryan, his family and firefighter family in your thoughts and prayers."

Thursday's round of storms brought heavy rain, hail and strong winds, resulting in significant damage in Douglas, Swift, Todd and Kandiyohi Counties, per reports.

Another woman was killed during severe weather on May 11 when the car she was a passenger in stopped on I-90 to avoid downed power lines was hit by another truck. 

Editor's Note: This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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