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Boy dies in farm accident in Cannon Falls

CANNON FALLS, Minn. -- A 5-year-old boy died Thursday evening when he was crushed by a skid-steer loader, the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office reported.

Matthew Mallett had been riding in the bucket of the machine when he fell out and was crushed. Rescue crews were called to 29510 Sunset Trail in Cannon Falls Township at about 6:30 p.m. The boy was transported to Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls, where he was pronounced dead.

Gail Henderson, 49, was driving the skid-steer loader. Both she and Matthew’s address is 29510 Sunset Trail, though it's unclear whether she was related to the boy.

Matthew was enrolled in the Cannon Falls School District and would have begun kindergarten next month, Superintendent Beth Giese said.

Giese said because the boy hadn't yet started school and made connections with teachers and students, the district won't be bringing in grief counselors once school starts.

Still, she said Matthew’s death is being felt in Cannon Falls.

"It is really a loss for our community," she said. "This is not something you'd ever want to happen. I think everyone's just in shock."

Sheriff's office spokeswoman Kris Weiss said the accident is under investigation.