The three victims of the two-vehicle crash in Vermillion Township have been identified -- Lucila Gutierrez Rojas, 42, Hastings; and Norma Sanchez-Navarette, 24, and Eduardo Bautista-Navarrete, 27, both of St. Paul. The driver of the semi-tractor trailer was Trevor Hubbard, 30, of Northfield. According to the Sheriff's office, the Rojas vehicle was traveling southwesterly on County 47. The trailer was following it. As Rojas approached Goodwin Avenue, she apparently slowed her vehicle and made a wide turn. The Rojas vehicle was then struck broadside by the trailer.
Dakota County Sheriff Don Gudmundson has indicated his plans to retire at the end of February, rather than at the end of the year as previously announced. In a memo Wednesday to the Dakota County Board of Commissioners, Gudmundson said "circumstances have changed," causing him to reconsider his decision. He would not elaborate. In the memo, Gudmundson also recommended Chief Deputy Dave Bellows be appointed as sheriff. After Gudmundson announced his retirement last fall, Bellows announced his plans to seek election as sheriff. Apple Valley Police Sgt.