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Searchers looking for missing plane in NE Minnesota

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Jun 11, 2012 at 8:03 am

DULUTH, MN (AP) - The search resumed by air Monday morning for a twin-engine  plane and pilot who disappeared while flying from South St. Paul to Duluth and  back. 
 
The Civil Air Patrol says the Piper PA-31 had one person on board when it  vanished Friday. Major Paul Pieper says 7 airplanes, each with a team of three  on board, will be searching Monday. 
 
The search has concentrated over Lake Superior and inland from Silver Bay to  the Canadian border. 
 
The Duluth News Tribune (http://bit.ly/KnjpXa ) reports a longtime friend of  the missing pilot says searchers are looking for 67-year-old Michael Bratlie of Lakeville. Don Nemcek says he has known the retired Navy and Northwest Airlines  pilot for 17 years. 
 
Nemcek says he has flown with Bratlie in the past and noticed how detailed and  systematic he was as a pilot.

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