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2 Minnesotans killed in semi crash described as best friends

MENOMONIE, Wis. — The two Minnesota men killed when their semi plunged into a western Wisconsin river are remembered as best friends.

Mohammed Malin and Batrodin Siyad, both of Minneapolis, died Tuesday when their semi left a snow-covered interstate, went down an embankment and into the Red Cedar River.

Siyad's brother, Abdul Siyad, says the two victims were "connected so long" that they were like family. Ayan Gutale says the two would often stop by her office at Soma Travel, Immigration and Tax Service to collect their mail. Gutale says the two were so close she rarely saw one without the other. She describes the 26-year-old Malin as a jokester and the 25-year-old Siyad as always happy.

The Star Tribune ( http://bit.ly/13Ix2Zi ) says services for Siyad were held Wednesday. A funeral for Malin will be held Thursday.

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