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Minnesota woman killed in ATV crash leaves behind 7 children

She was just 37 years old.

An online fundraiser for the family of a woman killed in an ATV crash at the weekend reveals that she is the mother of seven children. 

Karla Scheel, 37, of Rice, was the passenger in a side-by-side ATV that crashed while crossing an intersection on the Soo-Line Trail in Morrison County on Saturday.

According to the Morrison County Sheriff's Office, the ATV rolled, ejecting Scheel, and then landed on top of her. She was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The GoFundMe for Scheel's family says she leaves behind her husband, Tony, and seven children aged 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 16 and 17. 

"Karla was an amazing woman, raising her children, running the family household, helping run the family farm, and assisting with Tony's trucking business," the fundraiser says. 

"She was nothing short of amazing, always putting others before herself. She was an extraordinary cook and baker and provided a helping hand to anyone in need. She also volunteered at the family church and taught first communion classes."

A 45-year-old man driving the ATV was arrested and booked into the Morrison County Jail on a pending charge of criminal vehicular operation. 

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Another ATV crash claims man's life

In a separate crash, a man died while riding an ATV in central Minnesota on Monday.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 72-year-old man from Twin Valley, Minnesota, was riding a Polaris ATV south on 450th Street in Flom Township, near Detroit Lakes. when he was struck by a pickup truck going east on Hwy. 113. 

The State Patrol says the truck had the right of way and the ATV failed to yield.

The identity of the victim has not been released. 

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