Fatal Brown County Farm Accident 31 Aug 13

A rural Sleepy Eye man was killed in a farm accident Thursday afternoon. The Brown County Sheriff’s Office responded to the home of 77-year-old Donald George Richert in Prairieville Township northwest of Cobden at around 4pm Thursday after receiving a 911 call concerning a burn victim. Authorities say that Richert had been working with a skidloader near a burn pit and had apparently gotten off the vehicle to move something in the pit when the skidloader moved forward and pinned his left leg under the front end. Richert then became trapped in the burn pit and received extensive burns to the majority of his body. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by two Clements Firefighters who had discovered the incident as well as Sleepy Eye Police and the Sleepy Eye Ambulance Service, along with the Minnesota State Patrol.