Rescue personnel pulled 46-year-old Duane Herzog from a skid loader that been submerged in ice on Feb. 28. Herzog was submerged for nearly 20 minutes before being pulled from the skid loader. On March 1, the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office stated that Herzog passed away at the Hennepin County Medical Center.
The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, Upsala Rescue, Melrose Ambulance and Life Link helicopter responded to the incident during which Herzog had been operating the skid loader when it went through the ice. The ice was covering an abandoned manure pit located on Herzog’s farm site in Krain Township. The skid loader was completely submerged, trapping Herzog inside.