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Park Rapids driver involved in St. Cloud crash

A 35-year-old Hoffman woman was airlifted to the St. Cloud Hospital after a two-vehicle crash early Monday on Highway 27 at the intersection of Highway 114 west of Alexandria.

Rachel Gulbrandson was driving a 2004 Pontiac Sunfire eastbound on Highway 27. Kale Hensel, 29, of Park Rapids, was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado westbound on Highway 27, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

The crash report stated that Hensel was turning southbound onto to Highway 114 and failed to yield and the two vehicles collided.

North Ambulance took Gulbrandson to Douglas County Hospital where LifeLink III then flew her to St. Cloud Hospital. As of 10:45 a.m. Monday, she was listed in fair condition.

Hensel, along with a passenger, Payne Hensel, 22, also of Park Rapids, were not injured, according to the State Patrol.

Responding to the crash, which took place at 6:06 a.m. Oct. 9, included the Minnesota State Patrol, Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Alexandria Fire Department and North Ambulance.

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. Besides writing articles for the Echo Press, she has a blog, “Newspaper Girl on the Run.” Celeste is on a continuous healthy living journey and loves to teach bootcamp fitness classes and run. She has participated in more than 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.

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