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Lonsdale man loses his life in work accident

The victim in the fatal industrial accident has been identified as Samuel Ray Young, 49-years old of Lonsdale, MN

The Dakota County Sheriff's Office is investigating an industrial accident that claimed the life of Samuel Ray Young, a 49-year old of Lonsdale.

Young was working at Country Stone and Soil located at 22447 Highview Ave, south of Lakeville in Eureka Township at the time of the accident.

According to Chief Deputy Sheriff Dave Bellows the preliminary investigation indicates the victim was feeding mulch into a hopper leading to an auger assembly when it became clogged. He attempted to clear the clog when he fell in to the auger leading to his death. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The Lakeville Police and Fire Departments assisted the Sheriff's Office at the scene of the accident.

The accident is being investigated by the Dakota County Sheriff's Office, the Dakota County Medical Examiner's Office and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).