Authorities Identify Didion Milling Employee Who Died At The Facility

(Cambria) A Didion Milling employee who died at the facility earlier this month has been identified by authorities. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office received a call just after 9am on December 9th that 52-year-old Randal Rote of Waupun was unaccounted for. Sheriff Roger Brandner says the initial reports were that Rote was working in or around a corn silo in a confined space and could not be located. The Cambria Fire Department, Friesland Fire Department and Pardeeville EMS were dispatched to the mill and began search and rescue efforts. Brandner says after numerous hours of searching, Rote was found inside one of the corn bins deceased. The incident remains under investigation by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.