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1 dead, 1 critical after separate farm accidents in southern Minnesota

A 53-year-old man died after being pinned between a combine and a corn head.

A man has died and another is in a critical condition after separate farm accidents in Brown County, southern Minnesota.

At around 1:30 p.m., 53-year-old John Hoffman was pinned between a combine and the corn head at a residence in Milford Township, near New Ulm.

He was found by his family following the accident, but his injuries proved to be fatal and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

It happened just a few hours after a 19-year-old man was critically injured on property in Stark Township, near Sleepy Eye.

Kaleb Fischer was also found by family, having sustained severe injuries while repairing a manure spreader.

He was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center after initially being taken to the Sleepy Eye Medical Center.

He remains in a critical condition.

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Farms across the state are currently working to harvest this year's crops, though wet weather earlier this month has put many behind schedule.

"We are urging all to be safe and use caution during this harvest season, on the roads, in the fields, and on the farms," the Brown County Sheriff's Office said.

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