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Motorcyclists hurt in weekend accidents

From staff reports

Three motorcyclists and motorcycle passengers were injured in separate accidents during the weekend, the Minnesota State Patrol reported.

Nikkii Nielsen, 41, of Red Wing, a passenger on a motorcycle, was injured when she was thrown off the bike, the patrol said. She was flown to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, where she was listed in critical condition this morning, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Nielsen was riding on a motorcycle driven by Martin K. Young, 55, of Red Wing, about 12:15 p.m. Sunday when the accident occurred on Minnesota Highway 19, about five miles east of Cannon Falls, in Goodhue County. A car in front of the motorcycle slowed to make a left turn, and the motorcycle hit the rear of the car, the state patrol said.

Neither the motorcycle driver nor the driver of the car, Kari A. Samlaska, 17, of Faribault, Minn., was injured seriously.

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Joseph F. Harguth, 73, of Waseca, was injured when his motorcycle left the road and crashed about 12:30 p.m. Sunday, the state patrol said. He was listed in critical condition this morning in Saint Marys Hospital, a Mayo Clinic spokeswoman said. Harguth was traveling eastbound on Minnesota Highway 60, about four miles east of Zumbro Falls, when the accident occurred.

George N. Jensen, 70, of Zumbrota, was hurt about 6:30 a.m. Saturday when his motorcycle hit a deer, according to the state patrol. He was listed in fair condition this morning in Saint Marys Hospital, a Mayos spokeswoman said. Jensen was driving southbound on U.S. 52 near 65th Street Northwest in Rochester when the accident occurred.

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