Duluth's "Rose Man" Dies After Plane Goes Down Near Hawley

By KBJR News 1

March 30, 2013 Updated Mar 30, 2013 at 9:41 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The victim of a fatal plane crash in northwestern Minnesota Friday has been identified as man known in the Northland as the "Rose Man."

Kevin Ferris was killed on Friday when his plane went down just three miles south of Hawley in northwest Minnesota.

Ferris left Superior Bong Airport Friday morning headed for Moorhead Municipal Airport to visit family.

The plane was reported missing around 12:30 Friday afternoon.

A search plane spotted a downed Cessna 152 just after four o'clock.

Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist says Ferris was in communication via text message and mentioned the fog in the area shortly before crashing.

In a previous interview with the Northland's Newscenter, Ferris described how he came to love the Northland.

"I moved here, I'm a transplant and the reason I'm here is because of probably romance. My fiancée moved here first and so I followed her and I've always wanted to live in Duluth it's the most beautiful city," Ferris said.

Ferris worked at the Northland's Newscenter as a control room operator before opening the flower shop, "The Rose Man" in 2011.

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