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Fosston man recovers in Grand Forks after weekend hit-and-run

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region Park Rapids, 56470

Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

The Fosston man injured Saturday by a hit-and-run driver is in satisfactory condition in Altru Hospital in Grand Forks.

Meanwhile, the Polk County Sheriff's Office has found the vehicle they think hit Dean Vikan, 72, while he was walking along a roadway, and are processing it for evidence.

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The owner of the vehicle "has been identified and is cooperating with the investigation," according to a news release from the sheriff's office.

No one has been arrested in the incident, a sheriff's dispatcher said Monday.

Vikan was walking Saturday on County Road 6 about five miles south of Fosston when he was struck, suffering several injuries.

The sheriff's office said the side mirror had been broken, part of the damage to the passenger side of the vehicle by the impact with Vikan. The mirror left at the scene came from a large Chevy or GMC vehicle, a Silverado, Sierra, Suburban, Avalanche, Tahoe or Yukon, from 2003-2006, the sheriff's office said Saturday.

The hit-and-run happened about one to two miles down the same winding road where three teens died in spring 2006 in a prom night head-on crash of an SUV and Corvette going more than 100 mph; and a Fosston man and woman were killed in separate, single-vehicle accidents in 2007.

Despite a gentle curve and small rise where the Corvette and SUV crashed -- the Corvette's driver was in the wrong lane and speeding. Law enforcement officials said the road isn't dangerous or hard to drive.

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