Fatal Crash at Cty Rd 8 & 40 Intersection

(LaGrand Township)  On Saturday afternoon at approximately 1:13 pm, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of County Road 40 and County Road 8. Initial reports were that the vehicle had rolled over and a person was trapped.

Initial evidence suggests that a GMC Yukon, driven by 67 year old David Lewis Thoennes of Alexandria, was westbound on County Road 8 and entered the intersection, pulling out in front of a Dodge Pickup heading southbound on County Road 40. The vehicles collided and then rolled into the southwest ditch. The pickup was towing a large enclosed trailer.

The driver of the Dodge pickup, 47 year old Robert William Kirscht of Brandon, was pronounced deceased on scene. The passenger of the pickup, 48 year old Jeanine Cheri Kirscht, was transported to Alomere Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Thoennes was uninjured.

Agencies responding to the crash: Garfield Fire Department, Alexandria Fire Department, North Ambulance, Lifelink III Helicopter.

Intersection Already Part of County Discussion

Douglas County residents will have an opportunity to learn why a third roundabout is planned to enhance safety — this one at an intersection in LaGrand Township.

The Douglas County Public Works Department is hosting an open house meeting for the proposed roundabout construction at the intersection of County State Aid Highways (CSAH) 8 and 40. The open house will run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on August 20 at the Public Works building located at 526 Willow Drive in Alexandria. Those attending will learn about the objectives of the safety enhancement project which is part of the County Highway Improvement Plan. This project will be funded through the special .5% local option sales tax which was adopted in 2014. The proposed roundabout is one aspect of the reconstruction of CSAH 8. Public Works Director Tim Erickson and county commissioners will be available for residents to speak with to share their support of the project or share concerns about the construction of a roundabout.