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Deputy suffers injury in three-vehicle crash Thursday

Crow Wing County Deputy Bryan Vieths, a veteran officer, was injured in a three-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon in Brainerd.

Sheriff Todd Dahl said Vieths was staying at the Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd overnight as a precaution and was expected to be released Friday.

Dahl said he believed all the drivers in the crash suffered an injury — one requiring stitches, another bruised ribs. An infant in the back of the passenger car was not reported injured.

The crash occurred about 1:15 p.m. at the intersection of Laurel and Southwest Fourth streets. The squad car, a passenger vehicle and a Holden Electric truck were involved.

The Brainerd Fire Department extricated Vieths from the squad car. He was taken to the hospital by North Ambulance.

Information on how the crash happened was not available Thursday, but Dahl said the Minnesota State Patrol would be writing up the crash report.

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Renee Richardson
Richardson is a Pacelli High School graduate from Austin, Minn., who earned an applied science degree from the University of Minnesota, Waseca, with an emphasis in horse management. She worked extensively in the resort industry. She received an associate’s degree from Central Lakes College, where she was editor of the Westbank Journal student newspaper, as well as a summer intern at the Dispatch. She graduated from St. Cloud State University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and interned at the St. Cloud Times covering business while attending SCSU. She's been with the Brainerd Dispatch since 1996.
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