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Boy injured near Brooten after falling off vehicle hauling a goose blind

BROOTEN – A Glenwood teen was injured early Sunday morning near Brooten after falling off the bumper of a vehicle that was hauling a goose blind.

According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Department, four boys were attempting to transport a portable goose blind on the roof of a 2000 GMC Yukon on County Road 27, about two miles northeast of Brooten.

Dylan Jergenson, 15 of Glenwood, was standing on the rear bumper of the Yukon and two others were attempting to hold down the blind through their open windows while a four youth was driving.

The goose blind caught in the wind and broke free from their grasps.

Jergenson was knocked off the bumper and onto the pavement, where he struck his head.

Jergenson was transported by LifeLink III air ambulance to the Saint Cloud Hospital and later transported to Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis by Gold Cross Ground Ambulance for treatment of his injuries.

The vehicle was driven by Jayden Miller, 17, of Brooten. Owen Rajdl, 17 of Villard and Payton VanBeck, 16, of Brooten, were riding inside the vehicle.

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, Brooten Fire, Rescue and Ambulance and Paynesville Police Department responded to the scene of the accident, which was reported shortly before 7 a.m.

Carolyn Lange

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

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