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Climber killed in fall in Taylors Falls 'died doing what he loved'

Mitchell Rognrud, 23, died last week while training for a climbing trip to Utah.
Mitchell Rognrud

Mitchell Rognrud

A University of Minnesota student who died while rock climbing at Interstate State Park in Taylors Falls last week has been remembered as being "so full of life."

Mitchell Rognrud, 23, of Minneapolis, died Thursday, March 25, "doing what he loved, rock climbing, at a place he loved, Interstate Park," his obituary says

The Chisago County Sheriff's Office said the incident happened around 4 p.m. at the Lower Landing area of the state park where Rognrud, who hasn't been officially identified by authorities, died at the scene after an "apparent climbing accident." 

Rognrud's friend, a 31-year-old from Savage, was injured in the incident and was brought to the hospital. His current condition is not known. 

"Mitchell Rognrud was doing what he loved, but something went wrong," a Go Fund Me page set up to help his family says. "He was an incredible young man and so full of life, just starting his college career, on his way to great things."

Rognrud was at the park last week training for an upcoming trip to climb with friends and his girlfriend in Moab, Utah, WCCO reports. His friends still plan to make the trip, where they'll spread his ashes. 

"Mitch had been passionately preparing for #vanlife by building a radical adventure nest with his good friend, all under the aesthetic supervision of his hot girlfriend," the obituary says. "His voyages, along with every other part of his life, were underscored by a thoughtfully curated soundtrack."

He learned to love the natural world on adventures with his dad and grandpa, and his "unfurling inquisitiveness" took him beyond Minnesota, traveling in the U.S. and abroad, his obituary says. 

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Rognrud is described as generous, loving, playful, curious, intelligent and a "beaming individual" who had "endless cheeky energy" and loved dogs. 

His obituary asks that those looking to donate in Mitchell's memory donate to the Honnold Foundation, an organization that supports solar energy access, or "start composting. Plan a trip. Plant a tree, Rescue a dog. Become an organ donor."

Ragnrud was a graduate of St. Anthony Village High School and he was attending the University of Minnesota, where he was double majoring in business marketing and Spanish.

A memorial service for Ragnrud was held on Tuesday. 

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