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Rushmore woman dies in crash

KENNETH — A Rushmore woman was killed in a crash Monday afternoon after smoke from a controlled burn spread, causing her to rear-end a dump truck.

Ashley Von Holtum, 26, was traveling northbound on Rock County 3 approximately ½ mile north of Rock County 8 at 1:50 p.m., where an unmanned controlled burn was being conducted.

According to a press release issued by the Rock County Sheriff’s Office, the wind had picked up and shifted, causing smoke to cross over the roadway. Von Holtum rear-ended a gravel side dump truck, owned by Russell Knutson, Magnolia. The dump truck was driven by Gary Akkerman, 65, of Luverne.

Fire and rescue crews had to extract Von Holtum from the vehicle, and she was airlifted to Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., where she was pronounced dead.

Von Holtum was wearing her seatbelt, and alcohol was not a factor in the crash. Akkerman was not injured in the crash.

The Rock County Sheriff’s Office along with the Rock County Ambulance, Kenneth Fire Department, Magnolia Fire Department, Luverne Fire Department and the Minnesota State Patrol all responded to the crash.

Erin Trester
Erin Trester is the crime and city reporter for the Daily Globe. She's a native of Lewiston, MN, but moved to Buffalo, NY to attend college and obtained her bachelor's degree in Communications. She started at the Western New York Catholic Newspaper as a reporter in Buffalo, but in October 2013 she returned to her home state to start with the Daily Globe. Most of her spare time is taken up by her 13-year-old thoroughbred named Faith, but some of her other hobbies include reading, fishing and spending time with friends and family. 
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