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Logging accident kills rural Cashton man

Kaitlyn Riley

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A rural Cashton man died while cutting a tree west of Ontario Wednesday afternoon.

The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office said Raymond Miller, 37, was cutting a 60-foot Red Oak tree in the Town of Whitestown when it became caught in another tree while it was falling. The bottom of the tree kicked out towards Miller.

A witness said he was trying to escape the falling tree, but was pinned underneath. That witness rushed to his aid and cut the tree from him. That person also tried life-saving measures before running to get help.

The dispatch center received the call around 2:22 p.m. Ontario EMS arrived on the scene followed by Gundersen Air. Emergency personnel tried, but could not save Miller. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Kaitlyn Riley’s passion for communications started on her family’s dairy farm in Gays Mills, Wis. Wanting to share agriculture’s story, she studied strategic communications and broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, she held officer positions with the Association of Women in Agriculture and Badger Dairy Club while volunteering as a news reporter for the college radio station. She also founded the university’s first agricultural radio talk show, AgChat. In her professional career, Kaitlyn has worked in radio, print and television news doing everything from covering local events to interviewing presidential candidates, and putting back on her barn boots to chat with farmers in the field. Today, Kaitlyn can be seen covering local stories that matter to you in the La Crosse area.