Man dies after going through ice on skid loader
Rural Freeport-A Krain Township man was rescued Tuesday, Feb. 28,
after the bobcat he was driving went through ice covering an abandoned
manure pit and later died at Hennipen County Medical Center.
At 1:53 p.m. the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, along with
Upsala rescue, Melrose Ambulance and Life Link helicopter, responded
to the incident at 23798 445th St. in Krain Township. Duane Herzog,
46, of rural Freeport, was operating a skid loader when it went
through the ice. The ice was covering an abandoned manure pit located
on Herzog’s farm site. The skid loader was completely submerged,
trapping Herzog inside.
Herzog had been submerged approximately 20 minutes before being
pulled from the skid loader. Local rescue workers were able to get
into the water and extricate him from the machine.
He was transported by air to Hennepin County Medical Center, where
he passed away.