Dean Dronen, Veterans Officer In Pine County Killed In Crash

Thursday, May 16th, 2013 at 8:29 am

Dean Dronen, Veterans Officer for Pine County was killed in a motorcycle accident in Pine County on Thursday afternoon around 2pm. The motorcycle Dronen was driving was hit head-on by a vehicle that Sheriff Robin Cole said was believed to have crossed over the center line. Dronen was ejected from the bike.

Pine County Deputies and other emergency personnel responded to the scene on Highway 61 just north of Hinckley. Dronen was given life saving efforts at the scene and taken to the hospital in Sandstone but did pass away.

“If you’re a veteran in this county, you know Dean,” said Cole. “He was a friend of mine and will be sorely, sorely missed. He will be remembered.”


  1. George Judkins 05/19/13 at 11:09am

    Dean was one of the Best of the best. Dean very good at his job and cared about the veteran he was helping. There are many vets in Pine County that owe Dean more than can be repaid. I think I can speak for most vets that Dean will be missed very much. Rest in Gods arms Dean

  2. Kathy Gustafson 05/22/13 at 2:22pm

    Dean was an awesom man who helped me beyond his duties. Thru hardships and fire he was there. He even shared his sacred five variety apples from his own tree! He was my friend and I miss him. My deep sympathies to his family. Love Kathy Gustafson and family.

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