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UPDATED: Sebeka man dies in logging accident Thursday

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A 35-year-old Sebeka man was killed Thursday after he was struck by a tree that he was apparently cutting down in the Pillsbury Forest in Pillager.

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The Cass County Sheriff's Department said Daren Rathcke was killed when the tree he was cutting toppled on him.

The accident occurred around 9:30 a.m. First Responders and firefighters on the scene said the man was in grave condition when they arrived to lift the tree off him.

He later died, reported the Cass County Sheriff's Office. The victim was taken to Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.

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Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers Hubbard County, courts and breaking news.

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