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Name of kayaker missing on Minnesota River released

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A man went missing while kayaking the Minnesota River near New Ulm on Saturday evening, the Nicollet County Sheriff reported, and KEYC-TV in Mankato is reporting the man's name.

The Nicollet County Sheriff's Office says the missing kayaker is Stephen Fritze, 51 of Watertown, South Dakota.

Officials say Fritze and two friends, Cameron Buri and John Carter were also kayaking on the river, when they ran into some brush, which caused the watercraft to overturn. Buri and Carter were able to make it to shore, but Fritze did not.

The New Ulm Journal reports that he was one of three men from Watertown, S.D., who were kayaking on the river around 8 p.m. when their craft overturned. Two were able to make it to shore and called the Nicollet County Sheriff's Office.

Emergency responders from Nicollet, Blue Earth and Brown counties, as well as the Courtland (Minn.) Fire Department, searched along the shore and by boat until sunset but found no trace of the man.

The search continued at daybreak Sunday. Both newspapers say the man was not wearing a life jacket.

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