Fatal Farm Accident

Albany man dies in farm accident.

On January 28, 2020 at 10:16 a.m., the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a missing individual on a farm in St. Martin Township. The caller stated they could not find their son and believed he may have fallen into a grain bin.

The St. Martin Fire Department worked diligently in the grain bin, which was 3/4 full of corn. They recovered the victim from inside of the bin. He was identified as, Brandon Schaefer, 35, of Albany.

Preliminary investigation revealed Mr. Schaefer was working in the grain bin to loosen up the frozen corn. He fell in and was buried.

Mr. Schaefer was transported to the Paynesville Hospital by ambulance where he was later pronounced dead.

Melrose Ambulance also assisted.

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