Two injured when motorcycle swerves to avoid deer

Two people from South Dakota were injured Sunday afternoon when their motorcycle swerved to avoid a deer on Highway 12 near Montevideo.

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MONTEVIDEO — A man and woman from South Dakota were injured in a motorcycle crash Sunday afternoon near Montevideo.

Mark Albert Appelhof, 62, and Audrey M. Appelhof, 64, both of Clear Lake, South Dakota, sustained non-life threatening injuries and were transported to Montevideo Hospital, according to a report form the Minnesota State Patrol.

Mark Appelhof was driving their Yamaha motorcycle east on Highway 212 when he took evasive action to avoid a collision with a deer. Both people on the motorcycle were wearing helmets, according to the State Patrol.

The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office, Montevideo Police Department and Montevideo Ambulance assisted at the scene.


In 42 years in the newspaper industry, Linda Vanderwerf has worked at several daily newspapers in Minnesota, including the Mesabi Daily News, now called the Mesabi Tribune in Virginia. Previously, she worked for the Las Cruces Sun-News in New Mexico and the Rapid City Journal in the Black Hills of South Dakota. She has been a reporter at the West Central Tribune for nearly 27 years.

Vanderwerf can be reached at email: or phone 320-214-4340
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