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11 killed in 10 days on Minnesota Roads First pedestrian death of 2013 reported


Fri, Mar 8th, 2013
Posted in All Police Reports

ST. PAUL, MN - At least 11 people were killed in the past 10 days on Minnesota roads, according to preliminary traffic crash reports submitted to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety.

To-date for the year there have been 47 traffic deaths, down from 57 at this time last year.

Among those killed since Sunday, Feb. 24, was the first pedestrian death of the year and two 16 year olds. Seven of the 11 killed were ages 27 and younger.

First pedestrian death of 2013

The year’s first pedestrian death was a 20-year-old male, who was struck on Saturday, March 2, in Pine County. There were 39 pedestrian deaths in 2012 and 40 in 2011. DPS reports pedestrian deaths remain steady over the years, showing no trends of decline.

Officials remind motorists to drive attentively and to scan for pedestrians. Motorists must stop for those crossing at both marked and unmarked crosswalks. Pedestrians are reminded to make eye contact with drivers to show intent to cross, cross with caution, and continue to look for traffic during the cross -- as distracted drivers are not likely looking for pedestrians.

Two teens killed, one seriously injured

In response to the two teen deaths and another seriously injured, DPS last week called on the support of Minnesota high schools to reinforce safe driving decisions. Traffic crashes are the leading killer of teens due to inexperience, risk-taking, distractions and poor seat belt compliance. DPS and the Minnesota Safety Council provided turn-key resources to help schools promote safe driving tips to students and parents.

“These very sad events serve as an important reminder for parents that teens are not experienced drivers and that it is critical to continue to train them so they grow safer behind the wheel,” says Gordy Pehrson, DPS teen driving coordinator. “A teen with a license still needs to be monitored and trained, especially during their first 12 months of driving.”

Guide for parents to establish safer teen drivers

•Provide significant supervised driving training, and continue to do so even after licensure.

•Train teen on a variety of road types (urban, rural) and in different conditions (night, rain, snow).

•Talk with teen to reinforce laws and set limits (such as passenger limitations, nighttime driving) -- and use a driv .....
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Preston man charged with shooting

Fri, Dec 28th, 2012
Posted in Preston Police Reports

Friday December 21, 2012, Roger James Bergmann, 39 of Preston, shot a woman at her home in Preston and fled the police. During the pursuit, there were 40 minutes when the police didn’t know where he was, but he was later apprehended in Winona Coun ..... 
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Rushford man accused of illegally taking trophy buck

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in All Police Reports

The Houston County Sheriff's Department, acting on a report of a stolen trophy Whitetail buck from a deer farm in rural Houston, is proceeding with a formal investigation of a 19-year old Rushford man.

The 19-year-old is suspected of illegall ..... 
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State tops 300 traffic fatalities for year as Toward Zero Deaths conference convenes in Duluth

Fri, Nov 18th, 2011
Posted in Police Reports

ST. PAUL - Minnesota preliminary traffic deaths passed the 300 death mark this past weekend, but the 303 road fatalities in 2011 are well below the 357 at this time in 2010.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic S ..... 
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Sheriff's News Release October 21, 2011 From: Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen

Fri, Oct 21st, 2011
Posted in Police Reports



A Fillmore man died as the result of a logging accident in Carimona Township. Kenneth 'Kent' Erding, age 60, was operating a chainsaw when a tree fell on him at around 11:40am on Thursday (10-20-11).

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Chatfield accident

Fri, Sep 16th, 2011
Posted in Police Reports

Wednesday, September 14 at 9:44 am there was a head-on collision between two vehicles on Highway 52 near County Road 7, just north of Chatfield. Cheryl Jankiewicz, age 52 of Chatfield, was driving an Oldsmobile, which was southbound on Highway 52, w ..... 
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Police car chase near Rushford

Fri, Sep 16th, 2011
Posted in Police Reports

Preston/Lanesboro Police Chief Matt Schultz and Fillmore County Deputy John DeGeorge were called to a scene in Rushford for a domestic assault incident on Monday, September 12. Suspect Kyle Gilow, age 21 of Winona, fled from Rushford Police Chief Sa ..... 
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Harmony man dies from fall

Fri, Sep 16th, 2011
Posted in Police Reports

According to Fillmore County Sheriff's Captain John DeGeorge, a 67 year old Harmony man died Tuesday after a fall from a ladder in the town of Granger in Fillmore County.

Gary James Pratt sustained injuries when he fell from a ladder while ..... 
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Police car chase near Rushford

Tue, Sep 13th, 2011
Posted in Police Reports

Preston/Lanesboro Police Chief Matt Schultz and Fillmore County Deputy John DeGeorge were called to a scene in Rushford for a domestic assault incident on Monday, September 12. Suspect Kyle Gilow, age 21 of Winona, fled from Rushford Police Chief Sam ..... 
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