Skip to main content

Minnesota Secretary of State candidate, campaign manager injured in parade float accident

John Howe and campaign manager Tim Droogsma were injured.

A freak accident at a parade in Carver County injured the Minnesota Republicans' candidate for Secretary of State and his campaign manager.

Candidate John Howe and staffer Tim Droogsma were taken to hospital after the float they were on crashed at the Carver Steamboat Days parade Sunday.

Howe posted a picture of himself from his hospital bed on Sunday afternoon, showing blood on his hand and his neck in a brace.

Droogsma did the same, noting that he had been run over by a "2,800 pound trailer" in the accident.

MPR reports that the accident happened at the end of the parade in the staging area, when the tractor pulling the float with the pair on it suddenly sped up and hit a curb.

Howe and Droogsma were thrown to the pavement, with Droogsma run over by the flatbed trailer. Their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Follow Bring Me The News on Twitter for the latest stories.

Howe, a former state senator and mayor of Red Wing, is standing as the GOP candidate for Secretary of State, opposing DFL incumbent Steve Simon.

Among those at the scene was U.S. Senate candidate Jim Newberger, who is a trained paramedic and who helped in the aftermath of the accident.

That's according to Amy Koch, the campaign manager for the other GOP Senate candidate, Karin Housley, who took pictures of the scene and shared them on Facebook.

Next Up

school bus

Alert after Woodbury students approached by strangers asking if they want candy

Valley Crossing Elementary School urged parents to go over safety information with their children in response to the incident.

basketball unsplash stock

North St. Paul basketball cancels Eden Prairie game after opposing coach's reinstatement

Head Coach Cornelius Gilleylen said he let his players decide amongst themselves.

Pixabay - school - classroom

These are the nominees for 2023 Minnesota Teacher of the Year

Education Minnesota has nominated 131 teachers from across the state.


Cities prepare for release of footage showing Tyre Nichols' fatal arrest by Memphis PD

Minneapolis Police Chief Brian O'Hara issued a statement on the incident Thursday.

DeShaun Hill

Cody Fohrenkam found guilty of Deshaun Hill Jr.'s murder

The 15-year-old was fatally shot on Feb. 9, 2022.

Screen Shot 2023-01-26 at 12.15.23 PM

Gov. Tim Walz proposes $3.3B for aging infrastructure

Walz's borrowing plan comes days after the release of his two-year state budget proposal.

Screen Shot 2023-01-26 at 8.43.35 AM

Children's Theatre Company actors lose belongings in damaging house fire

The fire broke out Tuesday morning shortly after the dryer had been started.


Where do the Minnesota governor candidates stand on healthcare?

It's arguably the most important issue facing voters in November.

kim crockett facebook sos

MN GOP endorses attorney general, secretary of state candidates

Kim Crockett was endorsed as the party's candidate for secretary of state, while Jim Schultz won the endorsement for attorney general.

Star Tribune endorses neither candidate in Minnesota AG race

The newspaper says Doug Wardlow and Keith Ellison are too partisan for the office.

MN Secretary of State considers election changes amid pandemic

Minnesota could consider an all-mail balloting system.

Where do Minnesota's election candidates stand on gun control?

It's back at the forefront of people's minds after the Pittsburgh atrocity.

Buzz growing about Amy Klobuchar as a presidential candidate

People are increasingly talking about the Minnesota senator as a future president.

Assault of GOP candidate now being reviewed for possible charges

Shane Mekeland says he was punched while debating politics at a bar.