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Cass Lake-Bena superintendent dies in Sunday car crash

The Cass Lake-Bena interim superintendent of schools died in a traffic accident Sunday afternoon.

Diane M. Lehse, 66, of Menahga, died when the 2010 Ford Fusion she was in struck a semi truck head-on on state Highway 34 west of Walker, according to the Minnesota State Patrol out of Thief River Falls.

The accident was reported at 4:38 p.m. in Cass County.

Lehse, who was wearing her seat belt, was driving eastbound in the westbound lane of Highway 34 when the accident occurred, according the State Patrol.

The Cass Lake-Bena School District is expected to make a statement this afternoon.

Driving the 1989 Mack 400 semi truck was Bernard P. Dahlvang, 56, of Wadena, who was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Park Rapids with non-life-threatening injuries.

A passenger in the semi, 32-year-old Steven R. Dahlvang of Verndale, Minn., also suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Park Rapids.

Both vehicles were totaled.