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Alex man dies in crash -- had ties to Perham and Detroit Lakes area

A 42-year-old Alexandria man -- with ties to the Perham and Detroit Lakes area -- died following a one-vehicle crash on Highway 29 Friday night.

Kyle Neitzert was driving his 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix GT2 north, just south of the intersection with County Road 13 at about 10:30 p.m. when he lost control of the vehicle, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

The car went off the road, through a field and into a grove of trees.

Neitzert, who was wearing a seat belt, was taken to the Douglas County Hospital and he died the following day.

Memorial services will be held Friday, Oct. 5 at 11 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Parkers Prairie. Visitation is one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church.

Neitzert was born in Huron, S.D. and moved with his family to Perham in 1973, when he was 3 years old.

He attended Perham Public Schools, where he was active in 4-H, FFA and wrestling. He was a three-time Region Champion and took second place twice at state.

He was an avid hunter and shooter his entire adult life. He graduated from Perham High School in 1988 and went on to study neon sign design at Northwest Technical College in Detroit Lakes.

Following his education, Kyle worked at a sign business in Watertown, S.D., for a short time before returning to Perham.

He worked for various

companies; Northern Mechanical Drilling in Perham, Swift Turkey Plant in Detroit Lakes, Ripley's Construction in Erhardt and construction for a short time in Florida.

He was working as a groundskeeper-custodian for the Douglas County Courthouse in Alexandria at the time of this death.