Iowa woman injured in Cass County Crash

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

WALKER– An Iowa woman was injured after she reportedly fell asleep at the wheel on Highway 371.

According to the state patrol, 66-year-old Debra Lynn Swartz of Adel, Iowa, was northbound on Highway 371 just after midnight last night in Shingobee Township when she left the roadway and struck a tree.

She stated that she thought she fell asleep. Swartz was treated for her non-life threatening injuries at Sanford Bemidji.

Road conditions were wet, and the Cass County Sheriff’s Office assisted the state patrol. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash. 


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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