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Head-on Collision Claims Life of Popular Excelsior Business Owner

Debbie Hart was traveling on County Road 10 near Watertown yesterday morning when the accident occurred.

A well-known Excelsior resident was killed Tuesday morning in a car accident near Watertown.

Debbie Hart was traveling on County Road 10 just before 11:45 a.m. when the Carver County Sheriff’s Office says her vehicle was involved in a head-on collision. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sergeant Lance Pearce said Hart was traveling alone in her four-door sedan and road conditions were degraded due to sleet at the time of the crash, which involved two vehicles and closed Hwy. 10 for more than an hour. Segeant Pearce was unsure whether Hart was wearing her seat belt but said alcohol or other intoxicants were not believed to have been a factor.

Hart owned Artworks Art & Frame Inc. on Water Street in Excelsior and founded the city’s popular Art on the Lake festival, where she continued to serve as a board member.

The Carver County Sheriff was expected to issue an official statement about the crash by Friday morning.

Friends of Hart took to Facebook as news of her death reached the community to offer messages of sympathy and relate personal stories of their experiences dealing with Hart. Below are are a few of those messages:

  • Alexandra Masui I am so saddened by this news  Debbie and her husband have framed many of my art pieces and I will miss coming to her shop and saying "hello". Prayers to her family during this very difficult period.
  • Amy VanEgtern Wilkinson Oh, so sad. She was a lovely lady, helped us many times. Even offering her horse trailer for a large piece made on one of her canvases by a friend. Prayers go out to her family.
  • Patty Gleeson what a tragic and sad loss for the community. May her memories and good works continue to bless all she knew and all she touched with her generous heart.
  • Sue E. Warfield I am soooo very very sorry. Debby was an amazing person and I feel very privileged and honored to have known her.

Lake Minnetonka Patch will have additional updates to this story as further details are confirmed.

Lisa A. Fifield April 10, 2013 at 11:58 PM
Deb,You'll be missed,I left you a message today for the watercolor brush,you helped me with my career!Terry,your children,Bruce I'm very sorry that you have lost her. I really love Deb,and I will miss her forever. Very Truly Yours,Lisa A. Fifield
Judy Hurdartworks April 11, 2013 at 07:21 PM
Debbie was such a gentle constant force for all us artists whose lives she touched. Always with a smile and quiet support- you are sadly sadly missed,Deb Judy Hurd
Arthur Weeks April 11, 2013 at 08:41 PM
This is so tragic and sad. My sypathies go out to Terry and the family at this time of sorrow and grief. Debbie was always a constant guding force in the art community and within Excelsior. She wil be missed by all - I am very sorry that we have lost her. Art Weeks
Lynn Gallagher April 11, 2013 at 08:47 PM
Debbie- I will miss our chats at the bank! We have lost a beautiful soul. To Terry and the family, I am so sorry for your loss- your will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Bruce Lindert April 11, 2013 at 09:01 PM
dearest little sis... you deserved so much better than to leave us this way. What are we going to do without you in our lives. I will never be the same. I will mis you always. xox B.

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