Two men from Wasilla, Alaska, walked away from a small plane crash Wednesday night in the town of Clifton after their Cessna C185 experienced engine trouble and forced an emergency landing in a hayfield. Passenger Miles S. Haisten, 53, was taken by ambulance to River Falls Area Hospital to be checked after complaining of back pain, but pilot Mark A. Campillo, 39, wasn't injured. Both men were treated and released. According to Pierce County Sheriff's Deputy Tom Gunderson, the crash occurred just after 9 p.m.
They were scared and worried, but the Bill Coggio family found moments of humor to relieve the tension. When Bill's 7th grade daughter at Meyer Middle School, Dana, didn't have her language arts assignment done last Wednesday night, Bill suggested: "Tell your teacher that your uncle's been captured by pirates." Father and daughter laughed but agreed the alibi probably wouldn't fly with Mrs.
A River Falls High School senior died Tuesday night after being seriously injured in a motorcycle crash around noon Saturday east of New Richmond. According to the St. Croix County Sheriff's Department, Alex L. Roen, 18, W6524 870th Ave., River Falls, was riding a 1982 Yamaha south on County Road T. He somehow fell off the motorcycle, which continued upright and crossed Highway 64 before ending up in a ditch. Roen was airlifted to Regions Hospital in St. Paul.