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Gieseke killed in Monday crash

WILLMAR -- Larry Milton Gieseke, 60, of Kandiyohi, was pronounced dead at St. Cloud Hospital from injuries he suffered in a two-vehicle crash around 6:20 p.m. Monday along East Highway 12 in Willmar.

According to a news release from Willmar Police Chief Jim Kulset, the crash remains under investigation. Gieseke was eastbound in a 2001 Chevy pickup that struck the back of a semi tractor-trailer driven by Steven Andresen, 64, of San Diego, Calif.

Andresen was stopped to make a left turn onto 25th Street Southeast at the time of the crash. Gieseke was extricated from the pickup by rescue personnel and flown by helicopter to St. Cloud Hospital.

Andresen was not injured. Also responding to the crash scene were the State Patrol, Willmar Ambulance, Fire Department and Kandiyohi County Rescue Squad.