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Man airlifted after Diamond Bluff motorcycle crash

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A Twin Cities man was airlifted after the motorcycle he was driving crashed last weekend in rural Pierce County.

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office identified the man as 37-year-old Nathan Blackbird of Shakopee. He was first taken to Mayo Clinic Health System-Red Wing before being airlifted to Regions Hospital in St. Paul.

His condition was not immediately available Tuesday, May 30.

According to a sheriff’s office news release, the crash occurred at about 5:19 p.m. Saturday, May 27, near W9362 290th Ave. in the town of Diamond Bluff. Investigators suspect Blackbird was eastbound on 290th Avenue on his 2012 Harley-Davidson when it failed to negotiate a curve in the road, crossed the center line and crashed into a wooded area.

He was thrown from the motorcycle, which sustained heavy damage.

Deputies, who continue to investigate the crash, were assisted at the scene by Red Wing EMS, Ellsworth firefighters and North Memorial Health Air Care.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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