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Alcohol a factor in double fatal crash


The Minnesota State Patrol reports alcohol has been determined to be a factor in the March 5 late night crash on Highway 33 in Cloquet that claimed the lives of a nurse and police officer.

According to the initial investigation, the vehicle driven by Mark Laine, 49, of Saginaw crossed the center line and collided with the car driven by Fay Dahlman, 54, of Alborn. Laine and Dahlman were both killed in the crash.

Based on the test results received March 17 from the St. Louis County medical examiner, the alcohol concentration of Laine at the time of the crash was .178 blood alcohol content (more than two times the legal limit). Alcohol was not a factor regarding Dahlman.

Laine was a 27-year veteran of the Cloquet Police Department. Dahlman was a nurse at Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet for the past 12 years. The preliminary investigation shows Dahlman was wearing a seatbelt and Laine was unbelted at the time of the crash.

The Minnesota State Patrol’s investigation and reconstruction of the crash is ongoing.


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