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Bemidji man seriously hurt in icy crash

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A Bemidji man was seriously injured Saturday when he lost control of his car on an icy two-lane highway near here and was broadsided by a vehicle traveling toward him, the Minnesota State Patrol reported.

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Johnathan M. Fairbanks, 26, was northbound on State Highway 371 when his 1995 Ford Taurus slid sideways near mile marker 103 and was broadsided by a southbound vehicle driven by Wayne M. Goldsmith, 63, of Fosston. The condition of Goldsmith and his passenger, Linda L. Goldsmith, 61, of Fosston, was unavailable.

The accident happened around 12:19 p.m. Freezing rain was reported in the area about that time.

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