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Matt Pederson, right, plans to paint his derby truck white this weekend and have it in various locations for people to give a donation in honor of Rylie Efterfield, who died in a Hawley house fire a couple weeks ago, and then sign their names to the truck. The money will then go to the family who lost everything in the fire. He will then drive the truck in the Becker County Fair demo derby Friday night. PIPPI MAYFIELD/RECORD

Derby truck is for Hawley fire victim

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Though Matt Pederson hadn’t ever met Rylie Efterfield, he decided to honor her memory at the Becker County Fair this weekend.

Efterfield died in a Hawley house fire a couple weeks ago. She was 15.

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“I’ve never had a chance to meet the family, but hopefully they’d do the same thing for us,” Pederson said of neighbors helping neighbors in a time of need.

This is Pederson’s first demo derby.

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