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Forum Communications Co., Published January 31 2010

Officer killed in snowmobile crash

ALEXANDRIA, Minn. ­– An off-duty Alexandria police officer, Patrick Callaghan, was killed in a snowmobile crash Friday evening.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and North Ambulance were called to the scene of a two-snowmobile crash on the Central Lakes Trail near Liberty Road east of Alexandria at about 8:10 p.m. Friday, according to the sheriff’s office.

Upon arrival, deputies found two male victims injured – Callaghan, 31, of Alexandria and Mark Ruder, 25, of Glencoe.

Both victims were transported to Douglas County Hospital and later airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center.

Callaghan died at HCMC. Ruder’s condition is unknown at this time.

The accident is under investigation by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota State Patrol.

Callaghan was hired in November of 2007. His family has a rich history of law enforcement service going back to his great-great grandfather. He is the son of Jeff and Deb Callaghan. Jeff is a former Douglas County sheriff’s chief deputy.