Iron Range motorcyclist critically injured in deer collision

The 56-year-old Aurora man was airlifted to a Duluth hospital after the crash near Gilbert.

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An Aurora man suffered life-threatening injuries when his motorcycle struck a deer near Gilbert early Saturday, the Minnesota State Patrol said.

Michael Raymond Burke, 56, was traveling north on State Highway 135 just before 3 a.m. when his 2009 Yamaha crashed into the animal just east of the city of Gilbert.

Burke was airlifted from the scene to St. Luke's hospital in Duluth. The Patrol said road conditions were dry at the time, and Burke was not wearing a helmet.

Tom Olsen has covered crime and courts for the Duluth News Tribune since 2013. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth and a lifelong resident of the city. Readers can contact Olsen at 218-723-5333 or
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