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12-17-2003, 01:18 AM
Minority owner of Timberwolves killed in crash

December 16, 2003

NORTH MANKATO, Minn. (AP) -- Albert Ernest Fallenstein, a minority owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves and executive vice president of Taylor Corporation, and his wife were killed in an accident on an icy highway Tuesday, police said.

State Patrol spokesman Kevin Smith said Fallenstein, 63, was driving his van near his hometown of North Mankato when it collided with a tractor-trailer. His wife, Erla Mae, 63, was ejected from the van.

Both were declared dead at the scene; the truck driver was not injured.

The cause of the crash was under investigation, but Smith said the Fallensteins' van was westbound just after 4 p.m. when it somehow ended up in the eastbound lane, where it was struck broadside by the truck.

Smith said it was not known if the Fallensteins were wearing seat belts.

``We lost two lifelong friends today,'' Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, the chairman of Taylor Corporation, said in a statement. ``Al was a friend, a business partner, a minority owner and a great fan of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Al and Erla were a significant part of our Timberwolves family.

``Our Timberwolves and Taylor Corporation family are grieving right now. Al and Erla will be missed by everyone,'' Taylor said.