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Update: Former Dunn Co. Sheriff’s deputy identified as victim in tragic tractor accident

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Dunn County (WQOW) -- A retired Dunn County Sheriff's Office deputy has been identified as the victim of a fatal tractor accident.

Craig Koser was killed Thursday afternoon when he fell out of a tractor bucket while driving on 420th Avenue. According to a press release, Koser and a friend were using the tractor to do snowmobile trail maintenance.

According to the Sheriff Kevin Bygd, Koser retired from the sheriff's office in 2009 after 24 years of service. He also spent several years at the Menomonie Police Department.

The sheriff said Koser spent much of his retirement years driving a school bus and volunteering for a variety of organizations.

The sheriff wrote: "Craig will be deeply missed by family, friends and his brothers and sisters at the Sheriff’s Office."

Here is a link to Craig's obituary. Photo courtesy of Olson Funeral Home.


Dunn County (WQOW) - A tractor ride for a Dunn County man turned deadly on Thursday afternoon.

According to the Dunn County Sheriff's Office, a 66-year-old man was riding in the bucket of a tractor around 1 p.m. Thursday on 420th Ave. in the town of Menomonie when he fell out and was killed.

The sheriff's office said the tractor hit a bump which caused the man to fall out. Authorities did not say if he was run over by the tractor or if the impact from the fall killed him.

The man's name is not being released until family is notified.

Editors Note: The family of the man killed tells News 18 he was out putting up snowmobile trail signs and not "joyriding" as previously reported

WQOW Staff

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