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Young mom dies in farming accident in northwest Minnesota

Katie Vilmo became a mother just months ago.

A small community in northwest Minnesota is mourning the loss of a young mother who died in a farming accident. 

According to the Norman County Sheriff's Office, Katherine Vilmo was pinned between a bale and a cattle feeder around 9 a.m. last Friday, Nov. 16, while working at her family's farm near Ada.

She was airlifted to a hospital in Fargo in critical condition and pronounced dead the next day, Forum News Service reports. 

Vilmo and her husband, Mike, welcomed a newborn daughter to their family just three months ago. 

An online fundraiser has been started to help her family and as of Tuesday morning it had raised more than $4,200, which is more than double the original goal of $2,000. 

"Katie was in a farming accident on November 16th and was called to heaven too soon. This is just a little something to help her husband, Mike and daughter, Kennedy," the fundraiser, started by Northland Girls Basketball, says. 

Vilmo was an outstanding high school basketball player at Norman County West and went on to play in college for Northland Community & Technical College. 

Ada is located in Norman County about 45 miles northeast of Fargo. 

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