Death of Ralph S. Plaisted

September 30, 1927 - September 8, 2008
Wyoming, Minnesota | Age 80

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WYOMING, Minn. - Ralph S. Plaisted, an insurance salesman turned explorer who in 1968 led the first expedition that indisputably reached the North Pole over the ice, has died. He was 80.

Plaisted died Monday of natural causes at his home in Wyoming, Minn., north of St. Paul, his family said.

Traveling by snowmobile, Plaisted and three other men reached the North Pole on April 19, 1968. An Air Force weather plane verified their position a day later and gave them a lift back.<...

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