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Associated Press, Published January 05 2009

Oriska man injured by 1,500-pound hay bale

ORISKA, N.D. — A rural Oriska man is recovering in a Fargo hospital after a hay bale that weighed nearly 1,500 pounds fell on him.

Michelle Stubstad says her husband, Neil, was taking feed to horses late Friday afternoon when the bale fell off the loader. She says he became wedged between the loader and the bale but managed to free himself and crawl about 200 feet to the farmhouse to get help. The distance he crawled is about two-thirds of a football field.

Stubstad says her 50-year-old husband suffered four broken ribs and a punctured lung. He was listed in stable condition on Monday.

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