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Bemidji Pioneer
Two injured in Cass Lake boat accident
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

Two boats collided Sunday evening on Cass Lake north of Star Island.

According to a press release from the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office:


Shortly after 8 p.m., a 17-foot 2005 Glastron, operated by John Harstad, 46, of Eden Prairie, Minn., struck a 1999 Starcraft that was occupied by eight individuals, who were not identified. None of the eight is a resident of Minnesota.

Those eight occupants were ejected from their boat due to the collision. All were wearing their life jackets and were rescued by "Good Samaritans" who responded to the scene.

One of those ejected suffered a broken jaw.

Harstad suffered injuries to his head and chest and was airlifted to St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth, Minn.

The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Cass County Sheriff's Office, Bemidji Ambulance Service, leech Lake Tribal Police, North Memorial Emergency and Trauma Services Air Care and numerous Good Samaritans.

Pioneer staff reports