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Owatonna man dies in tree-cutting accident

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NEW LONDON, Minn. (AP) -- Authorities have now identified the Owatonna man killed in a tree-cutting accident near New London in west-central Minnesota.

The Kandiyohi Sheriff's office says Ted Raymond Paffrath, 53, was cutting down a large tree around 12:45 p.m. Sunday when it fell on him. Authorities say Paffrath was killed at the scene.

The Owatonna People's Press reports he was an outdoors enthusiast and the owner of Paffrath Jewelers in Owatonna, which his grandfather started.

One of his promotions was once mentioned on David Letterman's late-night TV show.

His annual "Diamonds and Guns Sale" promised men a shotgun if they purchased a diamond ring for their wife or bride-to-be. Depending on the value of the ring, the men would get a gift card from Cabela's they could use to purchase a gun.

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