Sherry Engebretsen, 60, of Shoreview was director of marketing at Thrivent Financial in downtown Minneapolis. Survivors include her husband, Ronald Engebretsen, 57, and daughter Jessica, 18, who was the last person to talk to her. Her daughter described Sherry Engebretsen as a "wonderful mother." "Nowadays, you hear a lot of stories about parents and kids not getting along," Jessica Engebretsen said. "But we always got along."
Patrick Holmes, 36, of Mounds View starred as a pitcher at Winona State University in the early 1990s. He was headed home from his job as an exercise therapist at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington. Survivors include his wife, Jennifer Holmes, a son, 6, and a daughter, 4. "He gave a lot to his kids. He adored his kids. His kids adored him," Jennifer Holmes said.
Artemio Trinidad-Mena, 29, lived in Minneapolis but was a Mexican citizen with a young family scattered across the two countries. He worked at New York Plaza Produce. Survivors include his wife, Abundia Martinez, and four children, ages 11 to 2 months. Abundia Martinez told Radio Formula in a telephone interview that her husband was a vegetable salesman and that he was heading home at the time of the accident.
Julia Blackhawk, 32, of Savage had two children, boys 8 and 9. As busy as she was as a mother, she was also studying at the Aveda Institute, a salon industry training center where she met her friend Liz Ewing. "She was a sweet girl, and everybody loved her," Ewing said.
Paul Eickstadt, 51, of Mounds View.