Community rallies around Sheldon woman injured in co-op accident

Community rallies around Sheldon woman injured in co-op accident

A 21-year-old Siouxland woman lost her scalp and ears when she got caught in a power take-off at a northwest Iowa grain cooperative.

Tonight her co- workers, family, and community came together to offer their support.

They gathered at the Eagles Club in Sheldon, holding a silent auction and pork supper for Francesca "Frannie" Feekes of Archer.

The accident happened in May at the Archer Cooperative Grain Company where Frannie was an intern.

Despite going through numerous surgeries, Frannie and her family are grateful for all of the support and continue to have high hopes for the future.

When asked how she stays so positive, she says she relies on the people around her.

"I haven't really had the time to feel sorry for myself, I mean I've got so many wonderful people in my life supporting me, obviously, everybody here. It's wonderful. I just appreciate it so much, it's kind of overwhelming all the support I've gotten for it," said Feekes.

Frannie, who's an AG major at South Dakota State, occasionally wears a wig, but prefers not to. She has another surgery scheduled in the future.

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