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Johnny Holm and crew OK after rollover on N.D. highway

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Johnny Holm is resting up and counting his blessings after spending the night in a Bismarck hospital after a rollover accident Wednesday night in which he was ejected from his band's tour van.

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Six other members of the Johnny Holm Band suffered some bruises and scrapes in the accident, but no one was seriously injured, agent Jean Hoffman said.

"Somebody's watching out for them," she said.

The popular regional cover band missed two gigs because of the rollover, but plans to take the stage tonight in New Town, N.D., Hoffman said.

The van was westbound on Interstate 94 about 60 miles west of Mandan when it went "off the roadway, into the ditch and rolled onto its side," said Morton County Sheriff Dave Shipman.

Poor visibility and driving conditions are believed to have played a role in the accident, he said.

Everyone was conscious when an ambulance arrived about 13 minutes after the accident. Authorities were notified about the accident about 9:30 p.m., the sheriff said, adding that it was difficult to get to the scene of the accident, which was in a rural area and about a mile outside of the Stark County line.

"One of the deputies responding went into the ditch himself trying to get to it," Shipman said.

Holm was admitted to St. Alexius Medical Center and was kept overnight, said Jamie Olson, a hospital spokeswoman. Holm's daughter, Jordan, who joined the group in 2006, was also treated in the emergency room, but was not admitted to the hospital, Olson said. The two left the hospital about noon Thursday.

"It just looks like everything is going to be just fine," Hoffman said Thursday. "He's really counting his blessing today ... He just couldn't believe that no one had any serious injuries."

The band was heading for a gig at Army's West Sports Bar in Dickinson, N.D., when the accident occurred.

A production crew that travels separate from the band had set up for the show and was "ready to rock 'n' roll," when a production crew member was informed of the crash via a call from the band's drummer, according to Eric Boettcher, manager and part owner of the bar.

Boettcher said Johnny Holm and his band perform at the bar about two or three times a year.

He said a large crowd had turned out Wednesday night at Army's West, which has an event capacity of 350 people.

Holm was scheduled to play Thursday night at Borrowed Bucks in Bismarck, but was unable to because the equipment was still in Dickinson and the roads were closed, Hoffman said.

The band plans to play tonight at Four Bears Casino in New Town, N.D., Hoffman said.

Holm started performing in 1969 for $20 a night at the Moorhead bar that's now Mick's Office. The 58-year-old has since become a regional music star, performing his spirited versions of classic and contemporary songs at bars, nightclubs, college parties and festivals throughout the Upper Midwest more than 180 days a year.

In recent years, Holm has been joined on stage by his daughter, Jordan, who has been mentioned as a replacement if and when her father decides to retire.

Holm grew up in Brainerd, Minn., moved to Fargo-Moorhead for college and now lives in a Twin Cities suburb.

Forum reporter Dave Olson and Features Editor Robert Morast

contributed to this report

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