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Three local runners reportedly safe after Boston Marathon explosion

A runner gets a high-five from the crowd of Wellesley College students lining the course during the 117th running of the Boston Marathon in Wellesley, Mass., Monday, April 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

WILLMAR – Three local runners are reportedly safe after running today in the Boston marathon, where explosions killed at least two people and injured 49.

Kandiyohi County officials confirmed that Zoning Administrator Gary Geer had finished the race before the explosions occurred.

An email from Geer’s co-worker said that Geer was away from the finish line area when the blast happened.

Geer’s wife, Melissa, and their six children are with him in Boston. They are also OK.

Brooke Baeth, of Spicer, also finished the race and was safe in her hotel room when the explosions occurred, according to her mother-in-law, Linda Baeth, also of Spicer.

Brooke Baeth is a speech pathologist at Rice Memorial Hospital.

Steven Meier, of Willmar, also reportedly finished the race before the explosions.

Readers can report runner updates to or call 320-235-1150.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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