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Officials searching for missing hunter in Becker County

The 58-year-old Blaine man failed to meet up with his hunting group on Sunday.

Officials are seeking the public's help in finding a missing hunter in northern Minnesota. 

Paul Sandstrom, 58, of Blaine, failed to meet up with his hunting group for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Sunday and about four hours later the group reported him missing to law enforcement, KDLM Radio says

Sandstrom was last seen in the Gardner Lakes area near Bad Medicine Lake in the northern portion of Becker County, which is a heavily wooded area with several small lakes and ponds, Valley News Live says. He was last seen wearing orange and black hunting clothing. 

Anyone who has information on where Sandstrom may be is asked to call the sheriff's office at 218-847-2661.

A ground search began Sunday until midnight and resumed Monday morning, KDLM Radio reports. Several agencies are helping deputies search for the missing hunter, WCCO notes.

When Sandstrom went missing, temperatures across the state were mild, but a cold front Monday will bring the chance for some snow and drop temperatures below freezing by the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

Saturday marked the opening to Minnesota's firearm deer hunting season.

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