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Pilot of Aug. 5 float plane crash identified

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The pilot of a float plane that crashed in to North Long Lake at about 1 p.m. on Aug. 5 has been identified.

John Spalj, 55, of Deerwood, was not seriously injured in the crash that submerged his float plane, the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Department reported.


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