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Civil Air Patrol searches for missing plane in NE Minn. during training

During a training exercise on Saturday, the Civil Air Patrol didn't find any new evidence of a missing plane that disappeared on June 8, the Duluth News Tribune reports. “If you’re training in an area, why not look for something that has not been found yet?” Capt. George Supan, public information officer for the Civil Air Patrol’s Minnesota Wing, told the newspaper. Crews hope the lack of foliage this time of year could help spot something missed in June.
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During a training exercise on Saturday, the Civil Air Patrol didn't find any new evidence of a missing plane that disappeared on June 8, the Duluth News Tribune reports. “If you’re training in an area, why not look for something that has not been found yet?” Capt. George Supan, public information officer for the Civil Air Patrol’s Minnesota Wing, told the newspaper. Crews hope the lack of foliage this time of year could help spot something missed in June.

Volunteers from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois spent nearly two weeks looking for 67-year-old Lakeville pilot Mike Bratlie this spring before the search was called off. Bratlie was bound for Duluth from South St. Paul when he made his last radar contact in the Silver Bay area.

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