Maple Grove man killed in crash near Backus

A 26-year-old Maple Grove man was killed in a Cass County crash.

Sheriff Tom Burch reports that deputies responded to the Pine Mountain Lake Road in rural Backus around 2 a.m. Saturday, and found a Chevy Suburban had left the roadway and rolled over.

Lifesaving efforts were performed but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

An autopsy is scheduled with the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The crash remains under investigation.

Backus Fire and North Memorial Ambulance assisted at the scene.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north-central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment, and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji and enjoys spending her spare time with her son Logan, daughter Brigid, and pets Vincent and Piper. She also loves reading, Star Trek, and gardening... badly.


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