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Sheriff: Man crushed victim's skull in assault near Zimmerman

The victim was hit in the head with a weapon, the sheriff says.

An assault near Zimmerman on Friday night left a man in critical condition.

According to the Sherburne County Sheriff's Office, a fight at a residence in the 14000 block of 285th Avenue Northwest in Baldwin Township resulted in a 20-year-old victim being hit in the head with an unidentified weapon. 

Deputies weren't informed of the assault until Saturday morning when a relative called to report the incident, adding that the victim had been taken to Fairview Northland Medical Center in Princeton by a friend. 

Emergency personnel at the hospital then airlifted the victim to the University of Minnesota Medical Center, where he underwent surgery for a crushed skull and internal bleeding. He was listed in critical condition.

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On Saturday afternoon, authorities arrested Dyllan Eric Hunter Wilhite, 20, of Zimmerman in connection to the assault. 

Wilhite was booked at the Sherburne County Jail on charges of first-degree assault. 

The identity of the victim has not been released. 

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