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Minneota Township crash results in fatality

JACKSON -- Michelle Engelkes, 38, of Sheldon, Iowa, died Monday in a Sioux Falls, S.D. hospital after being injured in a motorcycle crash Saturday night east of Little Spirit Lake in Minneota Township.

According to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, a report of a one-vehicle motorcycle crash came into dispatch shortly before 6 p.m. Saturday regarding a crash on Jackson County 4 near 480th Street.

Brian Engelkes and his wife Michelle were westbound when their 2011 Harley Davidson entered the north ditch and struck a driveway embankment.

Both husband and wife were ejected from the motorcycle, and neither were wearing helmets.

Both were taken to Lakes Regional Hospital in Spirit Lake, Iowa, via ambulance and were later air-lifted to Avera McKennan in Sioux Falls.

Michelle died from her injuries Monday, and 35-year-old Brian was still listed in critical condition as of Tuesday afternoon.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office was assisted on the scene by Lakefield Fire and Ambulance and Lakes Regional Hospital Ambulance.

The incident remains under investigation.