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Dec. 15: New London horseman died Thursday

Fred Zwart of New London, right, is shown in this 2006 file photo providing a carriage ride in Spicer during Winter Fest. The well-known horseman died Thursday at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. He was injured Saturday after his horse apparently spooked, but he was credited by witnesses with keeping his wagon on the road and not seriously injuring others. Ron Adams / Tribune file photo

The driver of a horse-drawn wagon injured Saturday during a ride in rural Willmar died Thursday at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

The death notice for Fred R. Zwart, 80, of New London, was posted Thursday on the Harvey Anderson and Johnson Funeral Home web site.

Zwart suffered injuries, including a possible heart attack, after his horses spooked and ran about a mile during a wagon ride for visitors Saturday night at the popular "Celebrate the Light of the World" outdoor light event at the Chad and Angela Koosman residence north of Willmar. The holiday light event serves as a fundraiser for the Salvation Army.

Funeral arrangements are pending with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar.

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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