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NORTH BRANCH, Minn. (WCCO) — A North Branch teenager recently had his own man-versus-beast encounter.
After attending a Supercross event on April 14, Kyler Burggraff dropped off his girlfriend and was heading home just after midnight. His sister was asleep in the back seat, and there was nothing in front of him but the open road of County Road 9.
That all changed in a split-second.
“Came around the corner and it popped out. Came out of nowhere…came running right at me,” Kyler said.
Not a deer or even a raccoon, but a 400 pound black bear.
He was driving a steady 60 miles an hour. Worried that swerving out of the way may cause his 2001 Pontiac Bonneville to lose control, so Kyler hit the bear head-on.
“I hit the brakes and grabbed both hands on the wheel. I had been driving with one…
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