Bemidji Man Struck By Car During Statewide Bicycle Tour
(Paynesville, MN) -- A Bemidji man participating in the "Bicycling Around Minnesota" tour was injured when he was hit by a car near Paynesville Friday morning. The Stearns County Sheriff's Department says 55-year-old Gerald Johnson of Bemidji was riding westbound on a county road in Zion Township when a car went through a stop sign and struck him. Johnson was treated at the scene, then taken by helicopter to St. Cloud Hospital and his current condition is unknown. The driver, a 22-year-old woman from Paynesville, was also treated at the scene. Around 300 cyclists in the Bicycling Around Minnesota tour were riding from Albany to Spicer when the accident happened around 9 a.m. Friday.