– A small town in northern Minnesota has lost its mayor and a teacher in separate deadly accidents on the same day and on the same stretch of highway.

Remer is a community of about 370 people in Cass County. Mayor Howard Prushek was changing a flat tire on his pickup Wednesday along Hwy. 6 when he was struck by a van and killed, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Prushek, 76, had been mayor for a year and a City Council member for 17 years.

Also Wednesday, teacher Timothy Budrow was riding in a car that spun out of control, crossed the centerline on Hwy. 6 and was struck by an SUV. Budrow was killed. Another teacher in the vehicle was seriously injured. Budrow, 60, was a sixth-grade teacher in Remer.

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