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Woman dies while in custody at Blue Earth County jail

An inmate died in custody in Fargo on the same day.

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. 

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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