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County ranks 10th in traffic fatalities

Goodhue County was tied for 10th place for the greatest number of traffic fatalities in the state last year, according to a preliminary crash report from the Department of Public Safety.

There were seven fatalities on Goodhue County roads in 2013, five of them the result of motorcycle crashes, the report states.

DPS says that traffic deaths statewide saw an overall decrease compared to 2012, but the number of motorcyclists killed increased by five.

Neighboring Dakota County ranked third in traffic deaths with 18, according to the report.