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EYOTA, Minn. (AP) — The widow of a worker who died last year at a Minnesota hog farm has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the operation.

Yesenia Sevilla says in her lawsuit filed in Olmsted County District Court that Schoenfelder Farms failed to leave fans on in the barn to clear methane gas. Carlos Ramierez-Perez died Feb. 17, 2010 while cleaning the barn in Eyota.

The complaint says the Eyota Fire Department took air quality samples of the hog barn the day Ramierez-Perez died and determined there was a high level of carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide in the barn.

The Post-Bulletin says Sevilla is seeking damages in excess of $50,000. Schoenfelder Farms did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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