Tree Cutting Fatal

The Winona County Sheriff's Department said one man was killed by a falling tree near Dakota Saturday.

Sheriff Ron Ganrude said two men were in the woods cutting trees when one struck 68-year-old Joseph Williams Wirth Junior in the head. They were cutting firewood with a chain saw.

Ganrude said a 911 call came in at 4:19 p.m. Saturday.  Ganrude said a friend who was with Wirth told authorities that he was hauling wood out with an ATV when he looked back and saw Wirth on the ground. 

First responders from Dakota and Nodine, Winona County Sheriff's deputies, a crew from Medlink Air, and area firefighters responded but Wirth was pronounced dead at the scene.......

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