A Northeast Iowa man has died in a shop accident in nearby Southeast Minnesota.

The incident happened Monday in Austin, Minnesota. 47 year old Gary Retterath of Stacyville, an employee of Sema Equipment in LeRoy, Minnesota, was working with another employee repairing a combine.

The workers were on a scissors lift, using a strap to pull out the auger on the combine, when a piece of metal broke, and struck Retterath in the head. He then fell about 10 feet to the floor.

Retterath was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy was performed on Tuesday.

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