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Child Dies in Sargent County Farm Accident

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A North Dakota community is mourning following a farming accident that took the life of a toddler.

Valley News Team's Kristi Larson talked to the community Thursday about the accident.

"A sad happening in the area." says Sheriff Travis Paeper with Sargent County. In Cayuga, North Dakota, farming grows in the family like it grows in the ground.

"A good percentage of people in Sargent County, the farming community, they've grown up on a tractor." says Cayuga Fire Chief Kurt Breker.

"I guess I rode with my dad." agrees Paeper.

Mike Mogren was with his two sons in the tractor on the field, with the windows open to help ventilate the heat from the sun.

"It was an older tractor so it didn't have the air conditioning." Breker explains.

Many people in the community said this is how they learned to farm, by riding with their dad or grandpa, but when dealing with big equipment, there's not much margin for error.

"When you're working around heavy equipment and machinery these types of freak accidents do occur and it's unfortunate." Paeper says.

"It's a sad sad incident, I guess it's an accident. We've all done it, and most of us never have any problems and the kids enjoy it and you get to spend time with your kids. It was business as usual for this family, but again this unfortunate accident occurred." Breker says.

A reminder for this farming community accidents can happen anywhere.

Valley News Live did have a chance to talk with a family member on the phone Thursday who said the whole family is shocked by this tragedy.


Original Story:

A toddler is dead after falling from a tractor in a farming accident near the small town of Cayuga, North Dakota, Wednesday night.

Just after 7:40 p.m., the Sargent County Sheriff's office and emergency responders from Cayuga and Rutland responded to a 911 call of a child who had a fallen from a tractor and was no longer breathing.

Wesley Manikowski, who would have turned 2 in August, was riding in a tractor with his 4 year old brother and father, Michael Mogren, of Lidgerwood.  The three were seeding in a cover crop when Wesley fell from the cab of the tractor. He was transported to the Oakes Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The accident remains under investigation but it appears that once the toddler fell from the tractor, he was struck by a back tire.  The body was transported to Bismarck, an autopsy was being conducted on Thursday.

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