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Rochester woman killed in tree trimming accident over the weekend

Rochester woman killed in tree trimming accident over the weekend

A local woman died Saturday afternoon while doing commercial tree work.

Rochester police responded around 4:15 p.m to a report of a medical emergency in the 800 block of 25th Street SW.

Dawn Zollman, 58, was apparently cutting down a large branch — about 20-30 feet long with a 3-foot circumference — when it dropped and pinned her against the tree.

The homeowner and several others were working in the front yard at the time, according to police. They went to check on her after they stopped hearing her chainsaw; that's when they found her dead at the base of the tree.

In addition to operating a private tree service business, Zollman was also a surgical technician at Mayo Clinic.

She was the widow of Dr. Paul Zollman, a former Mayo veterinarian who was instrumental in the development of Oxbow Park and the Zollman Zoo, which was named in his honor. He died in October 2008.


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