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Detroit Lakes Minnesota 511 Washington Avenue 56501

GEORGETOWN, Minn. - An injured Fargo man spent 11 hours lying face down in a ditch before a search party found him early Sunday.

John Heinz, 28, Fargo, was injured when the motorcycle he was driving ran off the road half a mile north of Georgetown, on the west side of Highway 75 on Saturday.

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A member of Fargo's Prometheus Motorcycle Club, Heinz borrowed a friend's 2006 Harley Davidson and left Georgetown at about 4 p.m., Sgt. Brian Norberg of the Clay County Sheriff's Department said.

When Heinz did not return by 7 p.m., his friends became concerned and more than a dozen Prometheus members started searching the area.

At approximately 1 a.m., the Clay County Sheriff's department and the Minnesota Highway Patrol joined the search. When members of the Prometheus search party found Heinz at approximately 3 a.m., he was conscious, alert and happy to see his friends, Norberg said.

"Those guys stuck together and were persistent until they found him," he said.

While he was trapped, Heinz yelled for help and waved to passing cars, but no one could hear or see him because of the tall grass, Norberg said.

Heinz suffered road rash and some broken bones. He was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to MeritCare in Fargo, Norberg said.

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