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Northland DNR officer killed in line-of-duty crash identified

GRAND RAPIDS, MN -- The Minnesota DNR officer who died Monday morning in a line-of-duty crash has been identified as 39-year-old Sarah Grell of Cohasset.

According to the DNR, Officer Grell was stationed in Grand Rapids, and leaves behind a husband and three children.

Grell served as a conservation officer since 2005.

Officials say she was a part of a proud family legacy, as her uncle, father and grandfather also worked as conservation officers.

Her husband Gene works for DNR's Forestry Division and her mother worked for DNR Fisheries.

“The sense of loss we feel right now is indescribable,” DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen said. “We are heartbroken for her family. Our deepest sympathies and concerns are with them. Officer Grell leaves behind an incredible legacy of service to Minnesota’s people and natural resources.”

The Minnesota State Patrol is leading the investigation of the two vehicle crash, which happened Monday morning near Grand Rapids.

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