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Swan Lake Motorcycle crash

DCSO investigated an accident involving two motorcycles that occurred on 320 Ave at 3:48PM near Swan Lake, north of Superior IA.

Two motorcycles were driven northbound on 320 Ave.  A 1991 Harley Davidson driven by Karl Palmquist (47) of St. James MN and a 2010 Yamaha driven by Earl Palmquist (47) of St. James MN.  The two motorcycles were riding side by side through the curves near Swan Lake.  They both failed to negotiate the final curve.  Both bikes went off the roadway and collided with the ditch on the west side of the roadway.  The two bikes did not make contact.

Karl Palmquist was transported to Lakes Regional Healthcare by Ambulance with incapacitating injuries and later air-lifted to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Earl Palmquist sustained possible injuries and refused transport on scene.

The accident remains under investigation.

DCSO thanks the following for their assistance on scene:

  • Superior Fire & Rescue
  • Spirit Lake Ambulance
  • Jennings Tow & Repair

Location & Contact Info

Dickinson County Sheriff's Office

Physical Address
1802 Hill Avenue, Suite 1200
Spirit Lake, IA 51360

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 214
Spirit Lake, IA 51360

(t) 712-336-2793
(f) 712-336-1946