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6 killed in a deadly Memorial Day weekend on Minnesota roads

Three of the victims were motorcyclists.
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Six people were killed during what was a deadly weekend for drivers on Minnesota roads.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety said a rash of fatal incidents over the past few days has brought the total number killed on state roads this year to 118 – three ahead of the same period last year.

It comes as we enter the "deadliest 100 days of the year," according to the DPS, which says that the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day sees a higher proportion of fatal crashes than other times of the year.

The fatal crashes this weekend include the previously reported fatality on Hwy. 169 on Monday afternoon, which saw 27-year-old Howard Bartholomay killed in a head-on collision that shut the road down for several hours.

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Earlier in the weekend, 19-year-old passenger Kayli Thompson died on I-35W in Burnsville, in a crash that the DPS says is suspected to have involved speed and distraction.

Three motorcyclists died over the weekend, including Stephen Kassel, a 21-year-old who was fleeing police when he crashed in Mower County.

A 69-year-old female motorcyclist died while "going too fast for conditions" in Anoka County, while a 23-year-old man died after crashing in Dakota County.

Finally, a 45-year-old man died after crashing his ATV in Red Lake.

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