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Published March 31 2010

Alexandria man fined after police officer’s death

ALEXANDRIA, Minn. – Mark Andrew Ruder, the driver involved in the Jan. 29 snowmobile crash that resulted in the death of off-duty Alexandria police officer Patrick Callaghan, won’t spend time in jail.

Ruder, 25, of Alexandria was fined $90 and will pay another $85 in court fees, a judge ruled last Friday.

His conviction was deemed a petty misdemeanor after he pleaded guilty to two charges – operating a snowmobile at a greater speed than reasonable circumstances allow and operating a snowmobile without a valid safety certificate.

The fatal snowmobile crash took place on the Central Lakes Trail east of Alexandria.