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Shell Rock Fourth of July organizers say safety is priority after teen hit by truck

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The Fourth of July celebration will continue as scheduled in Shell Rock after a teen is hit by a truck along Highway 3 Thursday night.

Keven Obermier, a committee member, spent Friday afternoon preparing for a big crowd.

He said the committee spends all year planning for the few days where the population of Shell Rock more than doubles.

"It's kind of a year long process of planning," he said.

Shell Rock Mayor Larry Young said he didn't feel comfortable doing an interview about safety during the Fourth of July Celebration in Shell Rock.

He said it's not an event organized by the city, and that planning and safety issues are the committee's responsibility.

Obermier said the committee makes safety a priority, working with local law enforcement agencies and city officials.

"Everyone's got to be conscious of what's going on around them and always look for, look for traffic and parents with you -- always keep an eye on your kids that's the main thing, don't let them run off," he said.

Organizers hope Thursday's incident involving a 14-year old boy doesn't deter people from enjoying the rest of the events the town has been planning for all year.

"Can't let one incident spoil everyone's fun," said Andrew Hostelka, a committee member and first responder.

"A lot of kids enjoy it, a lot of families come out and have fun, so you know it's sad to say things happen, but all we can do is prepare and handle them the best we can," he said.

Events will continue as planned, according to organizers, with a beer tent opening up at 5:00 p.m. as well as live music on Friday and Saturday.

A "Party in the Park" is planned for Sunday morning, and all families are welcome.

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