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Man killed in tractor rollover identified

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KERKHOVEN -- The victim of a fatal tractor rollover on Wednesday has been identified as Kenneth Eugene Gerdes, 70, of rural Kerkhoven.

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He was pronounced dead at the scene around 4 p.m. Wednesday along 70th Street Northeast. Authorities had withheld the release of his identity pending the notification of relatives.

The Chippewa County Sheriff's Office had received a 911 call regarding a tractor that that rolled over with a person pinned underneath. The location was a quarter-mile west of Chippewa County Road 2 on 70th Street Northeast. The man was eastbound on 70th Street when the tractor left the roadway and flipped over in the ditch, pinning him underneath the machine. The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Clara City police, fire and ambulance departments, Kerkhoven Ambulance and the State Patrol.

-- Staff reports

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