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Dec. 27, 2012: Highway 71 is now open following fatal accident near intersection with state Highway 9

NEW LONDON - U.S. Highway 71 has now reopened, according to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Department.

Highway 71 had been closed north of Highway 9 since about 11:15 a.m. today due to a two-vehicle crash near the intersection of Highway 71 and 9.

The crash involves a semi truck and a minivan. Both vehicles came to rest in the ditch.

The Minnesota State Patrol said the accident did include fatalities. No further information has been released at this time.

Kelly Boldan

Kelly Boldan has been the editor of the West Central Tribune of Willmar, since joining the newspaper in October 2001. He has previously worked as the editor at the Bemidji Pioneer, also part of Forum Communications Co., and other daily newspapers, online Web sites, and weekly agriculture newspapers in Wisconsin, Texas and Minnesota. You can follow via Twitter at @KellyBoldanWCT or read about the Tribune's newsroom blog at: or the Tribune's blog at:

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