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Observer/Advocate
P.O. Box 429
Mt. Lake, MN 56159
Phone: 507-427-2725
Fax: 507-427-2724


A one-vehicle accident claimed the life of a popular Butterfield-Odin student Saturday night.

At about 10:10 p.m., a 2003 PT Cruiser was westbound on Highway 60 when it entered the center median and rolled multiple times coming to rest upside down.

Ross I. Blomgren, 16, of Butterfield was killed when he was ejected from the vehicle. The accident occurred about three miles south of Madelia, which is a four-lane stretch of

Highway 60.

The vehicle also contained two other passengers and the driver, all from Butterfield. All three received non-life-threatening injuries: Julia D. Hiebert, 16; Rose Martinez, 17; and the driver, a 17-year-old sides Blomgren) was ejected from the vehicle.

The driver and Hiebert were taken to Madelia Community Hospital. Martinez was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

A passerby reported the accident shortly after 10 p.m. On the scene was the Minnesota State Patrol assisted by Madelia and Lake Crystal police departments, Watonwan County Sheriff, Madelia Fire Department, Madelia Ambulance and Lake Crystal Ambulance.

Road conditions were wet at the time of the accident.

According to authorities, no alcohol was detected on anyone in the vehicle. Authorities are still trying to determine the cause of the accident. Blomgren is survived by his parents, Kurt Blomgren of Butterfield, Kelly and Brad Hanson of Mt. Lake; sister and brothers, Jenna Blomgren of St. Cloud, Vance Blomgren of St. James and Stuart Blomgren of Minneapolis; and stepbrothers, Dylan and Dayton Hanson of Mt. Lake.

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