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Benefit for injured Detroit Lakes tow truck operator raises estimated $70,000

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - An estimated $70,000 was raised over the weekend to help cover medical expenses for a Detroit Lakes tow truck operator who was injured Sept. 9 while helping set up a Becker County disaster drill.

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - An estimated $70,000 was raised over the weekend to help cover medical expenses for a Detroit Lakes tow truck operator who was injured Sept. 9 while helping set up a Becker County disaster drill.

An estimated 1,800 people attended a benefit for Michael Smith at Soo Pass Ranch near Detroit Lakes, said family friend Dawn Olson.

A radio fundraising drive by KRCQ 102.3 FM raised roughly $22,000. Combined with the benefit, the total was about $70,000, Olson said.

Smith , 44, who owns and operates Lakes Country Towing in Detroit Lakes, was helping authorities set up the drill at Soo Pass Ranch when a converted school bus rolled down a small hill and into his wrecker. He suffered extensive injuries, and his left leg had to be amputated above the knee. He is recovering at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

A benefit fund has been established. Donations may be sent to Mike J. Smith Benefit Account, Bremer Bank, PO Box 827, Detroit Lakes, MN 56502, or dropped off at any Bremer Bank

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