Motorcycle fatalities spike in August

More than 40 motorcycle riders have lost their lives on Minnesota roads so far this year, compared to 29 at this time last year. The Department of Public Safety says at least 11 motorcyclists died in August -- the deadliest month of the year. Officials note ridership is at record levels because of the cost of fuel.
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More than 40 motorcycle riders have lost their lives on Minnesota roads so far this year, compared to 29 at this time last year. The Department of Public Safety says at least 11 motorcyclists died in August -- the deadliest month of the year. Officials note ridership is at record levels because of the cost of fuel.

A 56-year-old man of Morristown is dead after the motorcycle he was riding was struck head-on by an SUV Saturday afternoon in Waseca County, the Pioneer Press reports. The crash happened on Hwy. 13 near New Richland.

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