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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

Seven people were in a 1979 open-top Jeep that crashed early Saturday morning near Northome.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol out of Virginia:

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The occupants were in Jeep that was westbound on Itasca County Road 24 about 2 miles south of Northome when it went through a "T" intersection, vaulted and struck a ditch embankment. The crash was reported at 2:20 a.m.

At least two people were injured.

Both injured parties were passengers. Kristyn G. Osterhaus, 17, of Paynesville, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to north Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. Cassidy N. Rockis, 15, of Hines, was treated and released at North Country Regional Hospital in Bemidji. Neither was wearing a seat belt.

The driver, Trapper R. Goltz, 20, of Squaw Lake, did not suffer injuries.

The State Patrol report did not state whether four other passengers - Roy C. Gross, 21, of Hines; Timothy P. Brogan, 20, of Puposky; Courtney M. Smith, 15, of Littlefork and Ryan D. Tjepkes, 20, of Blackduck - were injured in the crash. The report says their physical conditions were "not documented." It was unknown if Gross was wearing a seat belt; the other three were not.

The Jeep sustained moderate damage.

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