Man killed in Stearns County farm accident

A gravity box full of corn overturned, pinning a 52-year-old Albany man underneath. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

FSA farm accident

ALBANY – A Stearns County man died in a farm accident Wednesday evening after being pinned under a gravity box full of corn that had overturned.

The victim was identified as Daniel Wielenberg, 52, of Albany.

According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, it appeared that a bridge of corn had formed over the top of the gravity box and when Wielenberg attempted to break the bridge, the box overturned.

At around 7:22 p.m. he was found unresponsive under the gravity box by a family member.

Individuals at the scene were able to remove the overturned gravity box with a skid steer but Wielenberg was pronounced dead.


The Melrose Ambulance service assisted at the scene, located at a farm site north of St. Anthony in Krain Township.

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