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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — You might be surprised to learn it's not a rural county that leads the state in the most collisions between deer and vehicles in Minnesota.

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State safety officials say Hennepin County may have a smaller deer population than more rural counties in Minnesota, but it has many more people behind the wheel. The county had 508 collisions with deer from 2009 to 2011.

Another top county for collisions is one that's closer to the lakes area, Sherburne County, with 484 crashes during the same time frame.

The Brainerd Dispatch says county with the least amount of collisions between deer and vehicles is Marshall, in far northwestern Minnesota. That county had just two crashes during the two-year period.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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