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Warren man wrestles deer out of his home

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WARREN, Minn. -- Jon Linnell was sound asleep Tuesday morning when he heard what he says sounded like an earthquake.

His wife woke him up and told him there was a deer in their northwest Minnesota home.

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Linnell found the doe leaping through his living room after crashing through the sliding glass door. After tearing the living room apart, the outdoorsman was eventually able to tackle the deer, grab her by the legs and drag her out of the house into 18-below temperatures.

In his words, it was “crazy.”

Linnell said, "So the first thing that came to mind was I had to stop this deer from thrashing and busting everything up. When I came down the steps I saw that it had turned, so I tried to tackle it, of course I was wrestling it, seemed like an eternity but it may have been 15 minutes from beginning to end.”

Linnell estimates the doe was about 3½ years old and about 135 pounds.

Linnell did get the deer out of the house and contacted the game warden. The deer was tracked and found to be OK.

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