3 people struck by lightning, hospitalized in northern Minnesota

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Two children and a man are in the hospital after being struck by lightning in two separate incidents Sunday in northern Minnesota.

A father was carrying his 4-year-old daughter at a baseball game in Cherry, when they were struck by lightning around 2 p.m. near the township hall, Northland News Center reports.

According to reports, the father is in critical condition and his daughter has serious injuries.

A 12-year-old child is also in critical condition after being struck by lightning at Enger Golf Course in Duluth late Sunday afternoon.

The golf course was full for a memorial tournament, and it continued when thunder started, the Duluth News Tribune reports.

However, the paper reports a warning horn was blown just before the bolt struck the bystander who was near a driving range.

According to the National Weather Service, an average of 49 people die each year from lightning strikes, while hundreds "are severely injured." Lightning strikes about 25 million times a year in the U.S.

So far in 2015, 11 deaths have been reported. Only two of those were in the Midwest; they occurred in Iowa.

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