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State legislator from Minot injured in crash

Andrew Maragos

BISMARCK — A North Dakota state legislator was injured in a Grand Forks County crash Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 6, but a Republican Party leader said he is "OK."

State Rep. Andrew Maragos, R-Minot, was driving a Buick sedan east on U.S. Highway 2 when Travis Holt, a 33-year-old Grand Forks man, crossed in front of him to enter a driveway. Maragos struck the right side of Holt's Ford SUV and both vehicles went into the south ditch 2½ miles northeast of Larimore, N.D.

Holt was cited for failing to yield the right of way, according to a Highway Patrol report. He and Maragos were taken by ambulance to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks for their injuries.

The Highway Patrol report didn't list Maragos' condition and he didn't immediately return a message left at his home. An Altru spokeswoman said they didn't have Maragos in their care Wednesday morning.

State Republican Party Chairman Kelly Armstrong, a state senator from Dickinson, said he received a text from another lawmaker indicating Maragos is at home and is "OK."

The Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

Maragos, 73, served in the state House from 1993 to 2006 and then returned in 2011. He's a businessman and Vietnam veteran.

John Hageman

John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.  

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