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2 women ejected from runaway dogsled near Brainerd

Crow Wing County Sheriff's Deputy Sgt. Chad Paulson (left) and Brainerd Police Department officer Joel Reed tried to untangle the harness on a dog sled team that broke free from its owner Friday three miles back on the Paul Bunyan Trail near Brainerd. One of the two passengers was injured when the dog team escaped. She was transported to Essentia Health's St. Joseph's Medical Center in with minor injuries. (AP Photo/Brainerd Dispatch, Steve Kohls)

BAXTER, Minn. (AP) -- What started out as a 75th birthday celebration turned into a wild ride for two women taking a sled dog excursion on the Paul Bunyan Trail near Brainerd.

The women were aboard a sled pulled by 15 dogs when their owner stopped to adjust a harness. As she was heading back to the sled, the dogs snapped a line and took off Friday.

Passengers Dianne Lindvall and Shirley Connolly were pulled by the unmanned sled before being thrown off. Both women were injured but not seriously, and Connolly -- who was celebrating her 75th birthday -- was taken to a hospital.

The Brainerd Dispatch reports officers stopped the dogs by grabbing their lines and jumping on the sled. The pack was halted nearly three miles from where it took off.

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