Officials end search for missing Twin Cities pilot, plane in NE Minnesota

The search for the Lakeville pilot and plane that went missing two weeks ago over northeastern Minnesota has been called off by the Air Force and Civil Air Patrol. Mike Bratlie left a South St. Paul airport on June 8 in his Piper PA-31 Navajo bound for Duluth, and made his last radar contract in the Silver Bay area.
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The search for the Lakeville pilot and plane that went missing two weeks ago over northeastern Minnesota has been called off by the Air Force and Civil Air Patrol. Mike Bratlie left a South St. Paul airport on June 8 in his Piper PA-31 Navajo bound for Duluth, and made his last radar contract in the Silver Bay area.

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