71-year-old man killed by runaway tractor
The Star Tribune reported Saturday that a runaway tractor rolled over a man and killed him in Denmark Township on Friday around 10 a.m.
Eugene J. Becker, of Hastings, was helping a friend remove a tree stump from the yard.
The tractor was running while it was chained to the tree stump when one man took an ax to the tree roots.
The tractor started to roll back and Becker went after it.
Erin Pace, the homeowner, said she looked out her window right as the tractor ran over him, and that he died shortly after she came outside.
The sheriff's office said that the death appeared to be an accident.