Ken Speake remembers 'Daisy the Goose' owner who died in plane crash

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CROW WING COUNTY, Minn. - Authorities have identified the man who died in a Sunday morning plane crash near Brainerd.

The Crow Wing County sheriff's office says Dan Morgan Steffen, 55, died after the experimental airplane he was flying crashed into Upper Whitefish Lake Sunday morning.

Steffen was featured in a story on KARE 11 in October of 1995. The story, by veteran reporter Ken Speake and photojournalist Mark Anderson, told of a special relationship Steffen had with a Canadian goose named Daisy.

The day after the fatal plane crash, Speake returned to KARE 11 to talk to Julie Nelson about his memories of that story.

The only other passenger on the plane at the time of the crash, 61-year-old Frederick Graham Hammer Jr., suffered non-life threatening injuries and is expected to recover.

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