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3 weekend water fatalities recorded in Minnesota


Three Minnesota men died in unrelated incidents on the water over the weekend.

KSTP reports that Tony Centano, 56, of Cottage Grove man was killed on Lake Mille Lacs. The station said that Centeno was fishing on the later on his anchored boat on Friday when his watecraft was hit by another boat.

More details about the accident are expected to be released Monday by the Mille Lacs County Sheriff's Office.

WCCO reports that Devin M. Johnson, 28, of Harris, Minnesota died Saturday night in a drowning accident in the St. Croix River east of Rush City near Frandsen Landing. The Star Tribune reports that witnesses had watched Johnson swim across river to the Wisconsin side, but told responding law officers that he struggled while swimming on his way back, then disappeared in the water.

In June, another man drowned in the St. Croix near Hastings.

The St Cloud Times reports that a 56-year-old St. Cloud man drowned Sunday afternoon in the Sauk River.

The newspaper reported that the victim had been with friends in a nearby apartment complex when he left them to walk into the river. The Sheriff's Office said that he had last been seen swimming and diving in the shallow water.

The St. Cloud Police Department received a call that the man had been found in the river. He had been pulled onto the shore but was unresponsive, according to a news release from the Stearns County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities had issued high water warnings for Minnesota streams, rivers and lakes earlier in the summer following high water that resulted from record rainfall.

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