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8-year-old killed in Nelson County ATV accident

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An 8-year-old boy was killed when the ATV he was driving rolled over in Nelson County.

Reece Jorde was driving on his family's farm just north of Tolna around 6pm on Saturday when the accident happened. Nelson County Sheriff Keith Olson says Jorde was wearing a helmet at the time and that it was simply an unfortunate accident.

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In North Dakota, children younger than 12 can't get permits to drive ATVs but they are allowed to drive on private property. Olson says it's fortunate there aren't more tragic accidents involving children and ATVs.

Sheriff Olson recommends that all minors take an ATV safety course, even if they're too young to get a permit.

An ATV safety course is available online through the North Dakota Parks and Recreation department website.

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Adam Ladwig
Adam Ladwig joined WDAZ as the Devils Lake bureau reporter in January, 2012. Prior to that he reported for KDUH-TV in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Adam has won multiple awards during his time at WDAZ, including an Eric Sevareid award and a Regional Emmy Award as part of team coverage during the search for Anthony Kuznia.  A Colorado native, Adam graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Journalism. He misses the Rocky Mountains, but the kind people of North Dakota more than make up for that. He is thrilled to be in the Lake Region, telling stories that matter. In his spare time, Adam is usually futilely attempting to get in shape, or cheering for his beloved Denver Broncos.
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