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UPDATED: Bemidji man dies in collision with horses on Highway 71

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

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

     He person was driving a 2003 Dodge Caravan just before 5 a.m.

     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 Hubbard 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 the horses could be a liability.

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

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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