Pequot Lakes man dies in Sylvan Township crash

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Scott Mead, 25, of Pequot Lakes, died Sunday, May 31, after his vehicle rolled several times, striking trees and power lines, Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reported in a news release.

The sheriff's office received a report of a serious motor vehicle crash on 11 th Avenue Southwest (County Road 36) in Sylvan Township, rural Brainerd, at 3:31 a.m., the news release said.

Deputies and responders arrived and found a 2005 GMC Yukon that had left the roadway. Two occupants were located, ejected from the vehicle. Medical aid was immediately initiated. Mead was deceased on scene. A passenger, Alexis Coventry, 21, of Motley, sustained serious but not life threatening injuries. She was treated on scene and transported to the hospital in Brainerd.

An autopsy was scheduled with the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office and the crash remains under investigation.

Assisting on scene were Pillager Fire and Rescue, North Memorial Ambulance, North Memorial Air Care, Lake Shore Police Department and Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office.

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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