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UPDATE: Man killed in Sibley County farming accident indentified

(Gaylord, MN) – A man was killed in a farming accident in Sibley County Tuesday afternoon.

Sheriff’s deputies responded around 3:15 p.m. to a report of a man trapped inside a grain bin in Faxon Township, approximately five miles west of Belle Plaine.

The Sibley County Sheriff’s office said 74-year-old Rodger Slater of Eagan had been unloading soybeans from a grain bin when he became engulfed.  Emergency crews cut the side of the bin open in an attempt to release Slater, but his body was discovered about an hour later, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Slater was working at his own farming operation at the time of the accident, according to the sheriff’s news release.

An autopsy is pending with the Midwest Medical Examiners office.

The man’s name is being withheld pending family notification.

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