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Man killed in Monday night crash was former Kandiyohi mayor and fire chief

ANDIYOHI -- The man killed in a pickup-semi crash Monday was a former Kandiyohi mayor.

Larry M. Gieseke, 60, was also a former chief of the Kandiyohi Fire Department and had once been named Kandiyohi County firefighter of the year in October 1996. He was a native of Willmar and had owned Fuller Electric in Willmar since the early 1980s.

Gieseke was seriously injured early Monday evening when his 2001 Chevrolet pickup struck a semi tractor-trailer on East Highway 12 in Willmar. The tractor-trailer was eastbound and waiting to make a left turn.

Emergency personnel extricated Gieseke from the pickup. He was flown by helicopter to St. Cloud Hospital where he was pronounced dead.