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Man rescued after plane crashes in Itasca County lake

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Bemidji Pioneer
Man rescued after plane crashes in Itasca County lake
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

GRAND RAPIDS — Authorities are investigating an Itasca County plane crash that injured a Grand Rapids man Tuesday afternoon.

Shortly after 5 p.m., the Itasca County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a float plane that had crashed into Shoal Lake five miles north of Grand Rapids. Personnel with the sheriff’s department, Itasca County Search and Rescue, Cohasset fire and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources responded to the scene, where a float plane partially submerged was found. The pilot and only occupant, Gerard Dale Pearson, 71, was rescued from the plane.

Pearson was taken to Grand Itasca Medical Center and later was airlifted to Duluth. Beth Johnson, a spokeswoman with Essentia Health in Duluth, said Pearson was in good condition and would be released Wednesday.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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