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Parkers man dies after being trampled on farm

A 41-year-old Parkers Prairie man died after he was trampled by a bull or cows on his farm over the weekend.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office received a report about the death of Craig Allen Thoennes at about 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 15, at 7439 Thoennes Lane NW, Parkers Prairie. Deputies responded to the scene and talked with family members.

Deputies found Thoennes' body near a shed in the cow yard where two cows and a bull were roaming free there and in the yard.

The body was transported to the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office in Anoka County for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

"At this time, it appears the male had been trampled by the bull and/or cows," Sheriff Troy Wolbersen said in a news release issued Tuesday morning.

A funeral service will be held Friday, June 21, at 11 a.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church in Alexandria. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Visitation is Thursday, June 20 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church Friday.

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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