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Motor vehicle fatality in Eckles Township


September 2, 2021

Eckles Township, Bemidji, MN – September 1, 2021-- On August 13, 2021, at approximately 7:25 PM the Beltrami County 911 Emergency Communications Center was notified of a single vehicle motor vehicle crash on Cardinal Road NW (CSAH 9) between Balsam Rd NW and the Bemidji/Beltrami County Regional Airport. The lone occupant/driver died at the scene of the crash.

During a preliminary autopsy, the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office identified the driver as Dale A. Bushman, age 67, of Bemidji. The results of the complete autopsy and toxicology are still pending.

The preliminary investigation of the crash revealed that the vehicle left the roadway and overturned. An accident reconstruction is pending with the Minnesota State Patrol.

The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Bemidji Police Department, Bemidji Fire Department, and Minnesota State Patrol.

This case remains under investigation, and no additional information is available at this time.

Sheriff Ernie Beitel

Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office

613 Minnesota Ave. NW.

Bemidji, MN 56601


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