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Teen employee killed in accident at suburban Minneapolis Menards

A Menards storefront (FILE PHOTO).
A Menards storefront (FILE PHOTO).
Published: Jul. 23, 2021 at 10:53 AM CDT
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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. (AP) - An accident at a home improvement store in a Minneapolis suburb has killed an employee.

Authorities say a man operating a forklift in the lumberyard of Menards in Golden Valley died when a large pallet of wood tumbled onto his machine Thursday. Relatives identified the victim as 19-year-old James Stanback.

A witness who lives near Menards says dozens of police squad cars responded to the scene when a small crowd of people became upset that the store had not closed immediately following the fatal accident. Later, a sign was posted outside the store that said it would be closed until noon Friday out of respect for the employee who died.

Menards is a home improvement chain headquartered in Eau Claire, Wis.

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