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FARMER KILLS HIMSELF AFTER COWS ARE FOUND DEAD

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A farmer said to be in financial straits killed himself after sheriff's deputies discovered the carcasses of 41 cows that had been dead in his barn since winter.

Richard G. Turek, 42, shot himself in a field on his farm about 14 miles north of Faribault in southern Minnesota on Wednesday morning, Dr. Asa Graham, the Rice County coroner, said Saturday.Sheriff Dave Schweisthal said Turek shot himself in the face with a .22-caliber rifle after leaving a suicide note, which his family declined to give authorities. Turek's body was found by a son.

A deputy was first called to the farm Monday night, when a neighbor complained about a strong odor coming from the property. "He was told there was a dead hog and some dead turkeys and he told them to clean them up because of the complaints," the sheriff said.

When deputies showed up at the farm again late Tuesday with a search warrant to enter the barn, Schweisthal said, "He kind of hung his head. Later, during the course of night, he seemed fine and asked what would happen."

Four hours after the deputies left, Turek's family said he had shot himself.