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Bemidji man dies in collision with horses near Park Rapids

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One person is dead following a collision with horses on Highway 71 five miles south of Park Rapids early Saturday morning.

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The name of the victim is Troy Hargreaves, 43, of Bemidji, Minn.

He was driving a 2003 Dodge Caravan just before 5 a.m. when the northbound van “struck horses in the roadway,” according to the state patrol.

Livestock on roadways is a chronic problem in Hubbard County. Every day deputies are wrangling cows, goats, horses and other critters off county highways and gravel roads.

This crash took place at milepost 255, a mile south of the Four Mile Corner.

“What do you do?” Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes asked, acknowledging there is a problem.

“When my officers know there’s a problem, they address it,” Aukes added. “Sometimes it can be shoddy fences or neglect. That isn’t always the case.”

Friday a deputy located a landowner on Highway 71 North that had horses running in the highway south of Bemidji. The landowner was advised that the horses could be a liability.

Aukes said the county is fairly sure whose horses were responsible for the crash, but declined to say who they belonged to. 

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