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Sheriff’s office IDs driver in fatal Merrifield crash

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MERRIFIELD — A 22-year-old Baxter woman died following a two-vehicle collision Sunday, Nov. 21, north of Merrifield.

The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office reported deputies responded to the two-vehicle crash with injuries at 9:26 a.m. Sunday in Lake Edward Township.

Upon arrival at the intersection of County Highway 3 and County Road 127, deputies found the collision involving Arlene Thompson, a 74-year-old Brainerd resident, and Emily Dallman. Dallman was pronounced dead at the scene.

The report stated Thompson was eastbound on County Road 127 and Dallman was traveling north on County Highway 3 when the two vehicles collided at the intersection.

Northland Pet Lodge in Crosslake posted a tribute to Dallman, who was identified as an employee, on its Facebook page.

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"It is with broken hearts that we are alerting our loyal patrons and friends of Northland Pet Lodge of the tragic loss of an amazing friend, animal lover and a member of our Pet Lodge family. Emily Dallman was involved in a fatal car accident Sunday morning the 21st on her way to work," the post stated. "Emily joined the pet lodge family in the spring of 2017 and she brought so much energy, joy and loving care to Northland. We will miss her warm smile, passion and care for the animals. We are asking for your prayers and understanding as we mourn her passing. We appreciate your patience, love and support as we navigate thru these difficult times. We love you and miss you Emily."

The business also posted a link to a GoFundMe fundraiser in memory of Dallman, available at https://gofund.me/f17303e2 .

The crash is under investigation by the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota State Patrol.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Nisswa Fire Department, Breezy Point Police Department, North Memorial Ambulance Service, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota State Patrol.

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