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Forum News Service, Published August 16 2013

Former Bemidji police chief injured on bicycle tour

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

Gerald Johnson, 55, was struck Friday near Paynesville, according to the St. Cloud Times. Johnson was airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital, where he was in fair condition.

The Stearns County Sheriff's Office said the driver of a car went through an intersection without stopping at a stop sign and struck Johnson.

The Times reported that Johnson was participating in day two of the "Bicycle Around Minnesota" tour traveling from Albany to Spicer.