By WCCO-TV Staff

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Royalton man was killed Friday afternoon while trimming trees in the northwest metro.

The Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office says Noah Ness, 33, died from apparent electrocution while sawing branches from a tree on County Road 35 in Big Lake Township. Ness was reportedly on a ladder and using a saw with an extender when he made contact with a power line.

He was flown to M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Medical Center, where he later died. His exact cause of death will be determined by the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office.