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Garbage truck hits, kills Cottage Grove woman

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RUSHMORE, Minn. -- A Cottage Grove woman was killed when her car was struck by a garbage truck Friday morning in southwest Minnesota.

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According to the Nobles County Sheriff's Office, Jean Marie Mesner, 57, died at the scene of the accident that occurred about 6:30 a.m. near Rushmore, about 12 miles west of Worthington.

Mesner was southbound on Nobles County Road 13 and failed to yield at the stop sign at the intersection with Nobles County Road 35. Her vehicle was struck by a garbage truck owned by Schaap Sanitation Inc. of Worthington. The truck was driven by Donald Wayne Vanderlinden, 53, of Worthington, who was not injured.

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