The Faribault County Sheriff’s office says a 37-year-old man was killed in rural Blue Earth when a tree fell on him.

Deputies say Daniel Weerts was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to his Facebook page, Weerts was a pilot for a St. Paul company.

Weerts was the son of businessman and former Winnebago City Councilor Bob Weerts, the founder of Blue Valley Sod in North Mankato and Winnebago, owner of several area convenience stores, with interests in the oil and lubrication and ethanol industries.