February 3, 1959 — It’s the date often referred to as “The Day The Music Died.” Immortalized in the lyrics of Don MacLean’s “American Pie,” that was the day musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, along with pilot Roger Peterson, were killed when their charter plane crashed shortly after takeoff from an airport in Clear Lake, Iowa.
A 70-year-old Osakis man was killed when his single-seat ultralight aircraft crashed near the Sauk Centre Airport Monday night.
The victim, who was the lone occupant in the plane, was Richard Alan Eidem.
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