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Sec. of State Jaeger says he's 'fine' after fall in Dickinson

Al Jaeger

DICKINSON, N.D. — Secretary of State Al Jaeger, who's running for re-election in November, took a spill in the Roughrider parade here Saturday morning, June 30, that he said was not as serious as it appeared to some.

"I'm OK," he said. "I got some bruises and what have you but I'm OK."

R. Travis Brazelton, a Democrat running for state Senate in Dickinson, tweeted that it appeared Jaeger "hit his head hard, was obviously dazed, and was bleeding above the eye."

Brazelton, who supports Jaeger's opponent, Democrat Joshua Boschee, was in the same parade.

Jaeger, a Republican, is running as an independent in November after Will Gardner, the Republican who beat him for the party's endorsement, dropped out following reports that Gardner had once been caught peeping in a women's dorm at North Dakota State University.

Jaeger said he was parading his vintage 1983 Yamaha Scooter bedecked red, white and blue buntings and his campaign sign when it stalled on him as it had been all morning. He lost control, skidded and fell, he said, resulting in a bruised arm and a shiner on a cheekbone and eyelid.

An ambulance crew checked him out at the scene and he later dropped by an urgent care clinic in Bismarck, he said. "I'm fine. I'm healthy, not on any medication or anything like that."

He said he hopes to get the scooter fixed in time for the next parade.

Tu-Uyen Tran
Tran is an enterprise reporter with the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. He began his newspaper career in 1999 as a reporter for the Grand Forks Herald, now owned by Forum Communications. He began working for the Forum in September 2014. Tran grew up in Seattle and graduated from the University of Washington.
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