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Duluth firefighter Ben Johnson (left) and Capt. John Wisneski stand near the shore of Lake Superior, after responding to a 911 call that turned out to be a false alarm. A buoy off the shore near the Fitgers Complex was mistaken for a person. (Amanda Hansmeyer/Duluth News Tribune)

Buoy mistaken for person on Lake Superior turns out to be common occurence

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DULUTH - A 911 call late Tuesday morning could have signaled the start of a tragedy: The caller had seen a person walking on Lake Superior's broken ice out from the Pickwick restaurant near Fifth Avenue East in Duluth. When the caller looked again, the walker was gone.

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