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MN farmer dies after skid loader submerges in manure pit

FREEPORT, Minn. -- A Freeport man rescued Feb. 28 from a skid loader that was submerged in an abandoned manure pit has died. According to the Stearns County Sheriff's Office, Duane Herzog, 46, was operating the skid loader when it went through ic...

FREEPORT, Minn. - A Freeport man rescued Feb. 28 from a skid loader that was submerged in an abandoned manure pit has died.

According to the Stearns County Sheriff's Office, Duane Herzog, 46, was operating the skid loader when it went through ice that was covering a manure pit on Herzog's farm site.

The skid loader was completely submerged and Herzog was trapped inside for 20 minutes.

Rescue personnel were able to rescue Herzog, who was transported by Life Link helicopter to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he later died.

The accident was reported at 1:53 p.m. in Krain Township in Stearns County.

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