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Evansville man dies in machinery work accident

A 50-year-old Evansville man died in a work-related machinery accident at the Pope Douglas Solid Waste Management (PDSWM) facility Thursday night.

Alexandria police officers responded to the scene at 2115 Jefferson Street at about 9 p.m. The initial report was that a man had fallen from a ladder.

Upon arriving, officers learned that an employee, Tim Allen Anderson, had been crushed by a piece of machinery, a hydraulic ram mechanism, and was unconscious.

Officers and North Memorial Ambulance paramedics administered first aid but Anderson died at the scene.

The incident is still under investigation, according to Alexandria Police Chief Richard Wyffels.

Pete Olmscheid, PDSWM executive director, said that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was contacted and is conducting an investigation.

Anderson was working a night shift at the facility, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, according to Olmscheid. He had worked at PDSWM for 21 years.

"Tim was a very good long-term employee. A very good friend also," said Olmscheid. "He was always dependable and friendly."

"A very nice man, a good family man," added Donna Pedersen, PDSWM office manager.

Anderson began working for PDSWM as a crane operator, then as a boiler operator and his last position was shift supervisor for the boiler operations.

Anderson was actively involved in the Evansville community and served on the Evansville Fire Department for more than 16 years, including three years as chief. He also served on the Evansville City Council and the Mound Grove Cemetery Board.

Anderson, who played football and wrestled for Evansville High School, enjoyed American history, taking walks on the trail and going to threshing shows, according to family members.

He is survived by his wife, Bernice; a daughter, Stephanie Anderson of Fargo; two sons, Allen Anderson of Alexandria and Brian Anderson of Evansville; his parents, Luther and Ardelle Anderson of Evansville; and a brother, Dennis Anderson of Sebeka. Funeral services were held Monday at the Evansville school.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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