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Motorcycle accidents, body in the river keep Mandan, Minot law enforcement busy over the weekend

It was a busy weekend for authorities in the Minot and Mandan areas.

First, during the evening of April 9th, a 53-year-old Bismarck man died after apparently crashing his motorcycle into the passenger side of a vehicle crossing Memorial Highway at Third Street in Mandan.

Police said the man was transported to St. Alexius Hospital in Bismarck where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the car was not injured in the crash.

Then, around 6:20 p.m. on April 10th, a 41-year-old Minot man was driving west on East Burdick Expressway in Minot when, according to police, he apparently lost control of his motorcycle, struck the guardrail and was ejected on the north side of the roadway.

He was initially transported to Trinity Hospital and then transferred to another medical facility out of state. His condition is unknown at this time.

Meanwhile, the Morton County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate

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Body found inside Grand Canyon believed to be missing Kentucky man

A body believed to be that of a Kentucky man previously reported missing at Grand Canyon National Park was found along with a motorcycle inside the canyon, park officials said Thursday. Searchers on Wednesday found the body believed to be that of John Pennington, 40, of Walton, Kentucky, approximately 465 feet below the South Kaibab Trailhead, officials said in a statement.

Evidence found with the body indicated it was Pennington, who was believed to have entered the park on or about Feb. 23, the statement said.

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A rescuer is seen during recovery operations at the Grand Canyon on March 3, 2001. 

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“The body was transported to the rim by helicopter and transferred to the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office,” the statement said. 

On Sunday, the National Park Service announced a search operation for Pennington.

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Man’s body, motorcycle found 465 feet below Grand Canyon rim, National Park Service says

The National Park Service said they believe they have found the body of a missing Kentucky man in the Grand Canyon.

National Park Service personnel located a body and motorcycle Wednesday below the South Kaibab Trailhead of the Grand Canyon after a multi-day search, officials said in a statement.

Officials said the person is believed to be John Pennington, 40, of Walton in northern Kentucky. Pennington has been missing since Feb. 23.

The identification was based on evidence found with the body. The body has been transferred to the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office, officials said.

Park rangers said in a statement that the body was found 465 feet below the rim and was taken out by helicopter.

Jan. 23: 1 dead, 2 critically injured after tour bus crashes on way to Grand Canyon West

A missing person flyer issued by the National Park Service for John Pennington.

A missing person flyer issued by the National Park Service for John Pennington.

Pennington was

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Racing for a healthy mind, body and spirit

Plato coined the phrase: “The due proportion of mind and body is the loveliest and fairest sight to him who has a seeing eye.” As a triathlete now for almost 30 years, I learned the value of this quote after transitioning from a runner to a triathlete.

Adding swimming and biking to the mix allows me to work different muscles groups, which reduces the wear and tear on ligaments and tendons from the constant stress of just running. In addition, I realized stretching and lifting weights are imperative for overall health and well-being.

For many people, the pandemic helped them realize the relevance of maintaining a robust immune system and shedding a few extra pounds. Triathlons, like many forms of exercise, also create a space where one can meditate or pray. Think of a long bike ride along some country roads. Jesus spent 40 days alone meditating and developing his

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