Minn. deputy killed after volunteering to direct traffic


By Sarah Lemagie
Star Tribune

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Outside the entrance to Fright Farm in Maplewood, black tape covered the sheriff's emblems on the doors of a patrol car Sunday. Flowers and notes on the windshield paid tribute to Mike Wilken, a Ramsey County reserve deputy and regular haunted house volunteer who had died just hours before.

Wilken, 56, of Newport, was on traffic duty for the event when a vehicle driven by a "common Joe Citizen" struck him at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of White Bear Avenue and Frost Avenue, said Maplewood police Sgt. Kevin Johnson.

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