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Former Alexandria resident dies in Twin Cities bike crash

A former Alexandria, Minn., resident died in a bicycle crash in the Twin Cities Wednesday morning.

Dennis Dumm, 31, was riding in the bike lane near the intersection of Park Avenue and 14th Street East in Minneapolis when the accident happened at about 7:40 a.m.

Authorities said Dumm and a semitrailer were both headed north. Dumm took off from the bike lane as the truck was making a wide left turn.

The truck, loaded with concrete and asphalt chunks from a nearby construction site, crosssed in front of Dumm and the truck's back wheels hit him, according to authorities.

Dumm, a 1996 graduate of Jefferson High School, is the son of Brad and Sue Dumm of Alexandria.

He lived in south Minneapolis and was on his way to work on the other side of the city - a commute he was used to making every day, even in rush hour traffic, according to his girlfriend, Christi DeSautels, who was quoted in a Star Tribune story about the accident.

Dumm was wearing a helmet and witnesses said he seemed to be following the rules of the road.

The truck driver was not cited for any wrongdoing.

Dumm thoroughly enjoyed riding his bike and participated in "National Bike to Work Day" last week, according to DeSautels. She said his goal was to eventually get rid of his car and rely on his bike for transportation.

Dumm, a photographer, was scheduled to open a show at a restaurant in northeast Minneapolis, Sen Yai Sen Lek, in a couple of weeks. His friends are planning to continue with the show.

Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alexandria. Visitation will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Anderson Funeral Home, along with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.