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Two injured in ATV crash near Floodwood

Two men were injured — one critically — in an all-terrain vehicle crash south of Floodwood early Saturday.

The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office reported that authorities were called to the crash along Prairie Lake Road in Fine Lakes Township just after midnight.

The driver of the ATV, identified as Michael Baden, 61, of Eagan, Minn., was airlifted to St. Luke's hospital in Duluth in critical condition, the sheriff's office reported.

A passenger, Paul Braun, 57, of Minneapolis, suffered minor injuries.

Neither man was wearing a helmet, the sheriff's office reported, and alcohol is considered to be a factor in the crash.

Other agencies responding to the scene included Floodwood police, fire and ambulance; Cromwell Ambulance; the St. Louis County Rescue Squad; and the Minnesota State Patrol.

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