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Emergency personnel respond April 15, 2009, to a fatal crash at the intersection of North Business 71 and 23rd Street Northeast near the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services building in north Willmar. While the number of fatal crashes decreased across both the region and the state last year, Renville County experienced an large amount of fatals, with 11 people losing their lives. Tribune file photo by Ron Adams

Traffic deaths down dramatically in Minn.

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WILLMAR -- In Minnesota, 403 people lost their lives as a result of traffic crashes in 2009, the lowest number of highway fatalities since 356 people died on the road in 1944. The preliminary number was released Monday by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, and may rise as more reports are received, according to a news release from the department. The final numbers will be available in the summer.

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Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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