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Kimball, MInn., man killed in early morning crash near St. Augusta

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ST. CLOUD -- A 52-year-old Kimball man died at the scene of a one-vehicle crash around 5 a.m. this morning near St. Augusta.

According to a news release from Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner, Joseph Nickolas Salzbrun was found in a 2004 Ford Ranger in the north ditch of County Road 142 about 1½ miles east of 207th Street. Two citizens attempted first aid and rescue workers attempted to revive Salzbrun, but their efforts were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

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The vehicle was apparently traveling northeast on County Road 142 when the driver lost control, entered the ditch and struck a tree. Salzbrun was not wearing a seat belt.

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy and the Stearns County Sheriff's office is investigating the crash.

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