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Man Drowns on Lake North of Mille Lacs

A Hopkins man is dead after drowning on a lake north of Lake Mille Lacs earlier this month.

According to the Aitkin County Sheriff’s Department, On August 13th, deputies were dispatched to Elm Island Lake to reports of a male who had fallen overboard early Saturday evening.

Reports indicate that a group of friends had been out fishing for a couple of hours and alcohol had been consumed. The victim fell overboard without a lifejacket, a friend jumped into the water to locate the male but was unsuccessful.

Authorities began searching the north end of the lake using marine electronics. The body of the victim, 25-year-old Daniel Nelson, was located with the medical examiner's finding listing the death as a freshwater drowning.

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