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Crash of car, beet truck kills 1

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A car slid into a sugar beet truck in Wahpeton, killing one man and injuring another.

The Highway Patrol said Michael Oien, 53, of Rothsay, Minn., a passenger in the car, died at the scene and Steven Ackert, 56, of Rothsay, the car's driver, was injured.

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Troopers said Ackert was charged with drunken driving.

Highway Patrol Trooper Keith Huwe said the crash happened around 9 p.m. Thursday at Wahpeton's 4th Street and Highway 210 bypass. He said it appeared the driver of the car saw the stop sign at the last second, tried to brake, and slid into the semi.

The semi driver was identified as Marilyn Von Ahlefeldt, 53, of Wahpeton. Authorities said the sugar beet truck lost part of its load and snowplows were needed to clear part of the bypass.

Ackert was flown to a Fargo hospital. His condition was not released.

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