Minnesota

2 Minnesota fathers die in crash

on eve of Father’s Day

VERMILLION, Minn. (AP) — Two fathers have died in a crash on the eve of Father’s Day near the town of Vermillion southeast of the Twin Cities.

The Dakota County sheriff’s office says the two-vehicle crash happened around 8:30 p.m. Saturday at 190th Street East and Goodwin Avenue.

Witnesses told authorities that a pickup truck driven by 36-year-old Jon Fontaine, of Farmington, rolled through a stop sign and slammed into an SUV. Both vehicles rolled into the ditch.

Fontaine and the front-seat passenger in the SUV, 34-year-old Jared Lazer, of Rosemount, died at the scene.

Fontaine was traveling with his 12-year-old son, while Lazer was with his wife, Jillayne, who was driving, and their three young children, ages 5, 5 and 2.

The sheriff’s office says the survivors were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Deputy pulls woman from

sinking car in Minnesota lake

ALEXANDRIA, Minn. (AP) — A deputy went into a central Minnesota lake to rescue a woman from her sinking car.

The Douglas County sheriff’s office says it happened Saturday night in a construction zone on Interstate 94 near Lake Latoka, southwest of Alexandria. The sheriff’s office says 76-year-old Beverly Toso, of Hoffman, couldn’t stop in time before she drove off a bridge that’s being replaced. Her car landed in the lake.

Only a few inches of air were left in her car when Deputy Ben Jarvi arrived. He tied a rope to his waist, went into the water, opened the door and pulled her out.

A Fargo, North Dakota, man who called 911 to report the accident, Kenneth Fletcher, held the rope’s other end and pulled them to shore.

Toso’s injuries were not life-threatening.

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