The Big Stone County Sheriff’s Office investigated a motorcycle accident that occurred on the night of Saturday, May 23 on County Road 6 near 810th Avenue that injured a Graceville woman who was riding on the back. The Chokio Review reported that 65 year old Pat Needham of Graceville was driving a Honda motorcycle westbound on County Road 6 when a tire blew, causing Needham to lost control of the bike. He and his passenger, 62 year old Deb Horning Farwell of Graceville, were ejected from the motorcycle.
Needham received minor injuries. But Farwell received serious injuries and was transported by Graceville Ambulance to Essentia Hospital and transferred to a Fargo hospital. The paper reported she sustained two fractured ribs, two fractured vertebrae, jammed fingers and road rash, and returned home from the hospital May 27. Both occupants were wearing helmets. Also responding to the scene were the Clinton First Responders, Clinton Fire Department and Minnesota State Patrol. Farwell is secretary for St. Mary’s Catholic Parish in Chokio.