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Horse and buggy accident injures man near Sunburg

SUNBURG -- Dale Fladeboe, known in the region as the "singing auctioneer" and a member of the Minnesota Auctioneers Hall of Fame, was injured in a horse-and-wagon accident Saturday afternoon near Sunburg.

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SUNBURG -- Dale Fladeboe, known in the region as the “singing auctioneer” and a member of the Minnesota Auctioneers Hall of Fame, was injured in a horse-and-wagon accident Saturday afternoon near Sunburg.

Fladeboe, 73, from Kandiyohi, was airlifted Saturday afternoon from the scene in the 3000 block of 240th Avenue Northwest in Colfax Township, about seven miles east of Sunburg, where a group of people were participating in a small wagon train.

According to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office, the accident happened around 2:30 p.m. when horses that were pulling Fladeboe’s covered wagon got spooked and ran into a ditch.

Dale Fladeboe’s son, Glen Fladeboe, said it’s not known exactly what caused the incident.

“Other riders close to him saw flies or wasps biting at one of his horses, causing them to spook and throwing him from his seat,” Fladeboe said.  

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Fladeboe was thrown from the wagon. He was airlifted from the scene and taken to St. Cloud Hospital with a cut on his left leg. He was released from the hospital on Sunday.

A passenger on the wagon was not injured.

“As a family, we are very thankful for the quick actions of the other riders on the scene, and the local medical professionals that did a great job,” Fladeboe said.  

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Minnesota State Patrol, Lakes Area Rural Responders, New London Fire Department, Sunburg Ambulance, Willmar Ambulance and LifeLink Helicopter.

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Carolyn Lange is a features writer at the West Central Tribune. She can be reached at clange@wctrib.com or 320-894-9750
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