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Freeport man killed in tractor incident

FREEPORT -- A 37-year-old Freeport man was pronounced dead at Melrose Hospital after he was pinned underneath a tractor around 8:45 p.m. Sunday.

According to the Stearns County Sheriff's office, Anthony Elmer Janke was clearing snow from his driveway with an International 656 tractor. The tractor became stuck in the ditch. When a neighbor attempted to free the tractor, a wheel broke off and caused it to roll further into the ditch, trapping Janke underneath.

Neighbors and members of the Freeport fire and rescue departments freed Janke and he was transported by Melrose Ambulance to the Melrose Hospital.