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Bull injures visitors to the Dakota County Fair

FARMINGTON, Minn. -- A runaway rodeo bull caused injuries to several visitors to the Dakota County Fair on Wednesday evening.

The bull escaped from his pen, then broke through the gates and ran through the fairgrounds.

Eight people were injured in the incident, according to Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows.

The most seriously injured person was Cottage Grove resident Barbara Goggins, who was taken by helicopter to Hennepin County Medical Center. A sheriff’s deputy who shot the bull also was transported to a hospital but was treated and released.

None of the other people who were injured at the fairgrounds south of the Twin Cities required transportation to a hospital.

The bull escaped from the pen in front of the grandstand, then broke through a gate leading to a parking area near the midway. The bull was shot twice and eventually roped and led back to a secured area.