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Douglas County man in critical condition after tree trimming fall

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Perham Minnesota 222 2nd Avenue SE 56573

ALEXANDRIA -- A Douglas County man is in critical condition after falling 40 feet while trimming trees Saturday morning.

According to a preliminary report filed at the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Joe Steinhagen was working from a scissor platform near Kluver Addition Road Southeast in Alexandria.

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Another worker, Terry Pavek, also of Forada, was operating the equipment to raise the platform when Steinhagen shifted his weight.

The equipment, which was on a slope, overturned and Steinhagen was thrown off. He was taken to the Douglas County Hospital and later air-lifted to the Hennepin County Medical Center.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Steinhagen remained hospitalized in critical condition.

The incident happened shortly after 10 a.m.

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