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John Smith Fund

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A man we've known as "The Flying Farmer" has landed in a Minnesota hospital.

John Smith of Makoti became known for his death-defying jumps in the 1990s.

Today, he's awaiting surgery for an unrelated illness at the University of Minnesota Hospital, and relatives and friends are asking for your help.

Smith used the label "The Flying Farmer" to make a few jumps with various vehicles.

This was his first in a field near his Makoti farm.

Then, he moved on to the county fair in Underwood where his performance included a pyramid of flaming cars.

He jumped his car into that pile of fire and came out safely on the other side.

His car jumping career pretty-much ended then.

Lately, he's been battling a problem involving a mesh that has been surgically implanted in his abdomen.

That implant is now causing problems and needs to be removed - a delicate procedure to be done in the Twin Cities.

His sister-in-law has set up a hospital fund for Smith at First Western Bank in Minot.

If you can help out, contact the bank.

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