MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A man died after falling through the roof of his shed while trying to clear snow off it in rural Little Falls, Minn.

The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office said 46-year-old Verd Anez was dead when they arrived.

They believe he died from injuries that happened in the fall, but the Ramsey County Medical Examiner has not yet issued an official cause of death.

The Sheriff’s Office said that the heavy snowfall had caused at least one other barn roof collapse. The danger comes when people to climb onto roofs to remove snow.

According to Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel, barns and pole sheds often have one or more fiberglass roof panels, instead of solid steal panels, to let light shine through. When the roof is covered with snow, a person can step onto one of the weaker panels without knowing it.

Comments (22)
  1. insignificant says:

    yeah,man…be careful up there…start shoveling in one spot and keep going taking it all off as you go so you can see where yer steppin

  2. bubba136 says:

    Jesus, you report for a living and you cant even spell steel,not steal. Go back to school !!!

    1. DaveM says:

      Not sure about WCCO, but Hubbard hires kids to write the stories on KSTP’s site. Really pathetic.

  3. Richard in Minneapolis says:

    ‘solid steal panels’

    Maybe they are referring to a special type of roofing panel that is meant to be stolen. (?)

  4. Neil says:

    Nice proof reading. Like Bubba said, steel, not steal. You’re fired.

  5. Theresa says:

    Don’t say Jesus unless you’re praying

    1. Jim Jones says:

      Jesus, we pray to you to keep Theresa from being so overbearing. Thank you Jesus.

  6. Nicolle says:

    Seriously, who cares how they spelled steel and to make a joke about it is unreal. A well-respected and loved man died here. He left behind a wife and 7 children. He happens to be my cousin. Have a little respect.

  7. Ann says:

    People are unbelievable! This is not a joke it is a tragedy! A man lost his life, a wife lost her husband, children lost a father, and parents lost a son! All my love and respect goes out to all of the family of friends of this man!

  8. Katie says:

    Thoughts and prayers to the family from a member of the UWRF Womens hockey family. It is indeed a tragedy.

  9. Randy Radziej says:

    My brother-in law Verd Anez was a unpaid volunteer coach for the little falls hockey association for 21 of his 45 years here on earth. A dedicated family man who should be given the utmost respect. Randy R

  10. Victoria Holthaus says:

    He was a good man, husband, father, and coach I am very thankful that I had and opportunity to know him. My thought and prayers go out to his family and friends.

  11. Jim Boersma says:

    Verd was a model of what we all should or would hope to become/achieve while on this earth. He was a great guy, family man, and the Little Falls community is at a loss after his very untimely death.

    Our deepest condolences go out to the entire Anez family.

    Pioneer Hi-bred Seed company

    Resoectfully submitted….Jim Boersma Olivia, MN.

  12. John Sylvester says:

    The World has lost a great Man. Go in peace Verd, you were an inspiration to many of us, you were a Great Coach, Husband and Father, The world does not know what a loss it will be without you.
    Best Wishes to Karen and Kids.
    John Sylvester and Family
    Warroad MN

  13. Salman Johnson says:

    My thoughts and Prayers are with you…ALWAYS.