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Grandfather ID'd as bicyclist killed in school bus crash

The 75 year old was an avid outdoorsman.
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Tributes have been paid to the grandfather killed when he collided with a school bus as he biked home in St. Paul.

Alan Grahn, 75, of Prospect Park in Minneapolis, died at the scene of the collision with a bus leaving Ramsey Middle School at Summit and Snelling Avenues just after 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

His son, Andy Grahn, paid tribute to his beloved dad on Facebook, writing: "I was lucky to have been raised by such a good father. He set in motion so much love and happiness and taught me so many valuable lessons.

"I intend to honor his memory and life by always climbing towards my goals and helping other people to strive forward. Peace and Love to all."

Andy Grahn told MPR his dad was an avid outdoorsman, climbing mountains all over North America as well as being a regular cross-country skiier.

He was cycling back home from Dixie's in St. Paul at the time of the crash, having just met friends for lunch.

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The grandfather-of-two founded Grahn's Upholstery and Furniture Restoration in his Prospect Park neighborhood in 1973, which he ran until he sold the business and retired five years ago.

His Facebook page lists his job as "HAPPILY RETIRED," as well as revealing he formerly attended Mounds View High School and the University of Minnesota.

The Prospect Park Association described him as a "prominent member of our local business community," adding that they're "deeply saddened" by his death.

It's not clear yet whether Grahn or the bus had the right of way in the crash, which will form part of the St. Paul Police Department's investigation.

Nonetheless it prompted Mitra Jalali Nelson, a city council candidate for Ward 4, to call for more protected bike lanes in the city.

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