Staples man seriously injured on Highway 64

A Staples man was seriously injured in a crash on Highway 64 yesterday afternoon.

According to the state patrol, 82-year-old Russell Nanik of Staples was eastbound on 60th Avenue in a Cadillac Escalade.

The report says he failed to yield at the intersection on Highway 64 and struck a southbound Ford F150.

Nanik was transported to North Memorial Hospital for treatment of life threatening injuries. The driver of the pickup, 67-year-old William Salter of Ramsey, was uninjured.

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash. The report says Nanik was not wearing a seat belt.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office and North Memorial assisted at the scene.


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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