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Renville County man dies when trapped under a lawn mower

FAIRFAX – A Renville County man was killed Friday after being trapped under a riding lawn mower.

The victim was identified as Dennis M. Blumhoefer, 67, of rural Fairfax.

According to the Renville County Sheriff’s Office, Blumhoefer was cutting grass near a road ditch on a farm site about three miles north of Fairfax. At some point he became trapped underneath the mower and wasn’t able to free himself.

Law enforcement received a 911 call at 1:29 p.m. Friday reporting the incident.

Once the lawn mower was removed, lifesaving efforts were initiated. Despite those efforts Blumhoefer was later pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident remains under investigation by the Renville County Sheriff’s Office.

Assisting with the accident was the Fairfax Ambulance Service, Fairfax Fire and Rescue, Renville County Sheriff’s Office and Life Link III.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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