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Published October 06, 2010, 08:53 AM

Crash near Spicer kills Norwegian judge

SPICER, Minn. (AP) — A two-car crash east of Spicer has killed an appeals court judge from Norway and his passenger.

SPICER, Minn. (AP) — A two-car crash east of Spicer has killed an appeals court judge from Norway and his passenger.

According to Kandiyohi (kan-dee-YOH'-high) County Judge Donald Spilseth, 63-year-old Jan Martin Flod was on his way Tuesday morning to the courthouse in Willmar to watch interpreters in Spilseth's courtroom.

But a pickup struck Flod's car on County Road 4 and County Road 10 at 9:15 a.m. The pickup's driver was not transported for medical attention.

The county medical examiner's office reports that Flod's passenger, 51-year-old Tove Sleppen, also from Norway, died early Wednesday.

The West Central Tribune reports the judges became friends after Flod observed trial court activities in Spilseth's courtroom in 2001.

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