Woman dies while in custody at Blue Earth County jail

An inmate died in custody in Fargo on the same day.
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Investigations are underway following two inmate deaths in the region.

The first happened Friday morning in the Blue Earth County jail, where a 60-year-old woman was found unresponsive in her cell.

She's been identified as Lake Crystal resident Nancy Lou Antonson:

According to a release from the Blue Earth County sheriff, Antonson had been arrested and jailed on suspicion of DWI and drug possession the night before, and was awaiting a court hearing.

Her cause of death will be determined by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner. 

Cass County inmate death 

Later the same day, a man died while in custody at the Cass County jail in Fargo.

According to a news release from the local sheriff's office, the 41-year-old inmate appeared to suffer a medical emergency during the evening meal service shortly after 5:00 p.m. 

"Deputies immediately began life saving measures," and despite assistance from the Fargo Fire Department and Fargo-Moorhead Ambulance paramedics, the man was pronounced dead. 

The incident is now under investigation; the Cass County coroner will determine cause of death. 

COVID-related inmate deaths 

Friday's incidents follow a string of Minnesota prisons deaths due to COVID-19. 

The two latest deaths were reported last week; a 66-year-old man from the state prison in Faribault and a 63-year-old man from the Moose Lake prison both passed away after having been diagnosed with coronavirus. 

So far, eight COVID-positive prison inmates have died in Minnesota. 

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