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Girl Run Over and Killed By Homecoming Float

October 15, 1994

OKLEE, Minn. (AP) _ A homecoming float ran over and killed a 12-year-old girl who had jumped off to pick up some candy.

Officials said the float carrying the girl’s seventh-grade class was making a slow U-turn to park at the end of the parade route Friday when the girl jumped off.

The homecoming game between the Warren Ponies and the Oklee Mustangs went on as scheduled Friday night because it was too late to cancel. But other events, including a dance, were canceled, said teacher Mike Swenson.

Ironically, the theme of the float was ″Rest in Peace, Ponies,″ Swenson said. He said he could not remember much about the float except that it had black goal posts.

Authorities declined to release the girl’s name. Swenson described her as a ″normal, fun loving kid″ who was involved in volleyball and 4-H in Oklee, a northwestern Minnesota town of about 440.

Plans were being made to bring in counselors to talk to the 250 students at Oklee Public School, he said.

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