Two young boys who went missing Tuesday died after being pulled from shallow water near a county fairground.
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Idris Hussein, 10 years old, and Ahmed Hashi, 11, had last been seen by a dock near the Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds Tuesday, Willmar police said.
Crews began searching, noting an item of clothing had been found in the water and asking residents of northwest Willmar to keep an eye on their yards.
But at about 10 p.m., a little more than four hours after being reported missing, the water search team found the boys submerged in shallow water near the entrance to the fairground, police said in an update.
They were taken to nearby Rice Hospital, where emergency medical personnel tried "for an extended period of time" to resuscitate them.
Those efforts were unsuccessful however, and the boys were pronounced dead at the hospital.
Police say they don't believe there's any foul play or neglect, and are investigating the case as a drowning.
Drownings in Minnesota
Through June 13, 12 people had died in non-boating drownings in Minnesota, according to preliminary DNR figures given to BringMeTheNews.
Of those, 10 occurred in outdoor waters such as rivers, lakes, or holding ponds. Two occurred in pools, though that number might rise – a 9-year-old pulled unresponsive from a pool Sunday died Tuesday.
Last year there were a total of 35 non-boating drownings, the DNR figures show, which is about average when looking over the past decade.