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Updated: Man dies following ATV crash near Hoffman

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Emergency crews respond to a crash near Hoffman on Tuesday, Oct. 10. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press)2 / 2

A 70-year-old Hoffman man died Tuesday after the ATV he was driving collided with a pickup on County Road 25 near Hoffman. 

Phillip Koehntop was airlifted by LifeLink III from the scene, but later died, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office confirmed Wednesday morning.  

Koehntop was driving a 2016 Honda ATV when it collided with a 1992 Dodge Dakota pickup driven by Larry Habben, 78, of Hoffman. Habben was not injured.

The crash occurred at 3:21 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, near Boxelder Drive SW just north of Highway 27 west of Alexandria near the Grant County line. 

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Kensington First Responders, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota State Patrol, Grant County Sheriff's Office, Hoffman Ambulance and First Responders, and North Ambulance. 

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste Edenloff, a reporter for the Echo Press, has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from May of 1999 to February 2011, and is happy to be back and once again sharing the stories of the people in this community. Besides being a reporter, Celeste is a certified fitness instructor and enjoys teaching bootcamp classes through Snap Fitness. She also enjoys running and has participated in more than 170 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.


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