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Two children, driver injured in crash

A 9-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl, who reportedly were not wearing seat belts, and their driver suffered non-life-threatening injuries Sunday, Feb. 10, in a three-vehicle crash at the intersection of Highway 371 and Novotny Road in Baxter, the Minnesota State Patrol reported.

Gabe Swift and Grace Moberg were transported by North Ambulance to Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd, where they were treated and released. The driver, Dale L. Swift, 39, Cass Lake, also was transported to the hospital, where he was treated and released.

It was reported that Robert J. Pavik, 55, Pine River, was turning left crossing Highway 371 northbound with a pickup pulling a large horse trailer when a Buick LeSabre driven by Dale Swift struck the pickup. The car was totaled. It was reported that both vehicles hit a Minnesota Department of Transportation sign.

It was reported that Sarah Rubel, 33, Pequot Lakes, was driving a Toyota Camry when she swerved to avoid the crash. The Camry hit an embankment and a sign and then went into the median.

Pavik and Rubel were not injured.

Assisting at the crash that was reported at 10:05 a.m. were the Baxter Police Department, Brainerd Fire Department and the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office.

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