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Former Bemidji police chief injured on bicycle tour

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PAYNESVILLE, Minn. -- A former Bemidji police chief was struck by a car and injured Friday while biking on a tour across central Minnesota.

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The Stearns County Sheriff's Office said the accident happened at 9:12 a.m. Friday when a motorist allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign about two miles north of Paynesville and struck Gerald Johnson, 55.

Johnson was airlifted to the St. Cloud Hospital by Life Link, the sheriff's office said. He was in fair condition.

Johnson was on his second day of the Bicycle Around Minnesota tour, biking from Albany to Spicer.

The sheriff's office identified the driver of the car as Josie Magnan, 22, of Grove City. She was treated at the scene.

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