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Gazelka authors bill to name memorial highway after fallen State Trooper Ray Krueger

State Trooper Ray Krueger, a 25 year veteran of the State Highway Patrol who was killed in the line of duty in November 1959, could be honored by a memorial highway if a bill authored by Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-Nisswa, becomes law this year.

State Trooper Ray Krueger, a 25 year veteran of the State Highway Patrol who was killed in the line of duty in November 1959, could be honored by a memorial highway if a bill authored by Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-Nisswa, becomes law this year.

Gazelka authored the bill after Krueger's two granddaughters, Heidi Lenk and Deb Lasher, came to him with the idea to rename a segment of Highway 210 in Cass County as State Trooper Ray Krueger Memorial Highway.

Krueger was known as "the best driver on the state patrol by fellow officers," according to an article in the Brainerd Dispatch following the crash that took his life. The driver of the second vehicle was apparently making a left turn in front of Krueger's car at the time of the crash.

According to the article, "in more than 25 years of patrolling the state highways, Krueger had driven more than one million miles without a previous accident."

"It was such a privilege for me to meet the granddaughters of fallen officer Ray Krueger, and work with them to honor his memory," Gazelka said. "Whenever I drive the stretch of highway named after him, I will pause to remember him, and give thanks for our hometown heroes who put their lives on the line every day to protect us."

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Senate File 3734 passed the Transportation Committee in the Senate last Thursday. Before becoming law, it will need to pass the full body of the House and Senate and be signed into law by the governor.

Gazelka also released a video about the memorial highway bill and what it means to the local area.

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