Man Struck and Killed on State Highway in Aitkin County

Victim Was on Floodwood City Council

JACOBSON, Minn.-A Floodwood man is dead after being struck by a car on state Highway 200 in Aitkin County.

The victim has been identified as Vernon Owens, a Floodwood city councilor. He was serving his third term. Owens was also a veteran who had served in the Marine Corps and Navy.

The Minnesota State Patrol says the 61-year-old man was a passenger in a car that struck a bear on the road. He and the driver got out to check the damage, and he was struck and killed by a passing car.

The incident happened west of Jacobson shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday. No one else was injured.

The Minnesota State Patrol reports alcohol did not play a role in the crash.

Floodwood Mayor Jeff Kletscher also released the following statement about Owens:

“City Councilor Vern Owen’s should first be remembered as a veteran who served his country. As if serving as a US Marine wasn’t enough, he continued his commitment to civil service by running for city council. Vern was a dedicated council member who rarely missed a meeting, was engaged in the community and was always willing to step up to assist others. Specifically, City Councilor Owens was an active VFW member and advocate for local veterans. He will be missed.”

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