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Brainerd man ditches plane in Mississippi River; he suffered minor injuries

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Merrifield, Minn. (AP) -- A pilot had to ditch his single-engine airplane in a rice paddy on the Mississippi River moments after taking off from Brainerd Regional Airport.

Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl says the pilot, 59-year-old Rory Fredstrom of Brainerd, was able to get out of the airplane with minor injuries.

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