One dead, another injured in crash involving semi south of Glenwood, Minnesota

A two-vehicle crash reported on Nov. 18 resulted in the death of 52-year-old Melanee McKale, of Starbuck, according to a news release from the Pope County Sheriff's Office. The other driver, 44-year-old Denis Zinke, of Sauk Centre, was transported to a hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.

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GLENWOOD TOWNSHIP — A 52-year-old semitractor driver was pronounced dead Friday at the scene of a crash with a pickup truck south of Glenwood. The other driver involved was injured and transported to a hospital.

Jean Margaret Miller, 69, of Clarkfield, died in a fatal two-vehicle crash reported north of Clarkfield Monday morning. Sallianne Ruth Gottschall, 36, of Clarkfield, suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported to North Memorial Health Hospital in Robbinsdale. A 6-year-old male juvenile passenger was also injured. The investigation into the crash is still ongoing.
Three people were injured in a two-vehicle crash reported at 12:54 p.m. Nov. 23 in Wakefield Township. The crash occurred in the 16200 block of Stearns County Road 49 after a vehicle attempting a left turn from the driveway of a residence pulled out in front of another, according to the Stearns County Sheriff's Office.
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The single-vehicle incident on Highway 23 involved a 19-year-old man and a 14-year-old girl.

The semi driver who died was identified as Melanee McKale, of Starbuck, according to a news release from the Pope County Sheriff’s Office.

Denis Zinke, 44, of Sauk Centre, was identified as the other driver involved in the crash. Zinke was transported by ambulance to Glacial Ridge Hospital in Glenwood for treatment of injuries. The release from Sheriff Tim Riley did not describe the injuries.

The Sheriff’s Office received report of the crash around 12:02 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, on County Road 18 near Selnes Road south of Glenwood.

The Glenwood Police Department, Glenwood Fire Department, Glacial Ridge Ambulance, Starbuck Police Department and Minnesota State Patrol assisted at the scene, according to the release.


The Pope County Sheriff’s Office is being assisted by the State Patrol in its investigation.

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