Man rescued from deep snow, dangerous cold


Hypothermia has taken a deadly toll in Minnesota during this dangerously cold winter, but a 28-year-old Austin man survived a night that could have been fatal when police found him outdoors early Monday morning.

The Austin Daily Herald reported that officers were in an area west of Austin’s industrial park when one of them heard a cry for help. They found the man in the deep snow. KAAL reported that he was not wearing gloves or a hat and had only a lightweight jacket. According to the National Weather Service, the temperature at the time was 9 below zero, or 23 below with the wind chill.

Police reports indicate the man was too intoxicated to tell officers how long he had been outside or how he got to the area.

“I’m pretty sure the outcome would not have been good had the officers not been there at 2 a.m.,” Austin Police Chief Brian Krueger told the newspaper.

The Rochester Post Bulletin reported that two officers and a Mower County sheriff's deputy carried the man into a squad car and he was rushed to Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin, where he is recovering. His condition is unknown.

Last week, the body of a 6-year-old Bemidji girl and the body of a 36-year old Motley woman were found in the snow outdoors. Hypothermia has been ruled as the cause of death in the two separate incidents.

Earlier this winter, a 54-year-old Embarrass woman and a 32 year old Lakeville woman both died of hypothermia, as did a 41-year-old man who was found under a porch in Virginia, Minnesota. Alyssa Jo Lommel, 19, the University of Minnesota Duluth student who was found outside in December after spending a night on a neighbor's porch, is recovering in her St. Cloud home after being hospitalized for months. Doctors had to amputate some of her fingers and part of her feet due to frostbite.

Drugs or alcohol were cited as a factor in some of the incidents.

Next Up

vaccine, covid

St. Paul care home group will mandate COVID vaccines for staff

It comes amid reports of COVID outbreaks at homes where residents are all vaccinated, but staff are not.

Jail handcuffs arrest

Starbuck man charged with uploading, sharing child pornography

The 47-year-old was arrested after a tip from the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children.


Boy, 11, seriously injured after 'fall' that police now suspect was abuse

It was initially reported that the boy slipped and fell.

police lights

Investigation underway after body found during welfare check in Plato

The identity of the deceased has not yet been revealed.

Mayor Brad Wiersum

'Please, please, please get vaccinated,' Minnetonka mayor pleads

This comes as the local state of emergency officially ends.

YouTube - Jeopardy screengrab minneapolis

Can you answer all the Minneapolis questions from this week's 'Jeopardy?'

KARE personalities including Randy Shaver and Rena Sarigianopoulos presented the clues.

Pexels - woman shop mask covid CROP

35 counties, including most of Twin Cities, now COVID hotspots

The CDC recommends everyone wear a mask in public, indoor places in these counties.

covid, coronavirus

CDC document: Delta variant as contagious as chickenpox

Vaccines remain very effective at preventing severe illness from the delta variant, however.

Flickr - smoke McGregor minnesota wildfire July 29 2021 - Lorie Shaull

'Unprecedented': The wildfire smoke isn't going anywhere this weekend

The air quality alert that was supposed to end Friday is now in effect into early next week.

Alexis Saborit

Charges: Woman killed in horrific Shakopee attack was trying to leave suspect

The shocking incident happened at an intersection Wednesday afternoon.

3M Open, Tony Finau

Multiple injuries after pickup crashes into shuttle bus at 3M Open

Blaine police listed 25 people as being involved in the collision.


st. louis county rescue squad

'Severely hypothermic' man rescued from Boundary Waters in the snow, cold

The Minnesota DNR and the St. Louis County Rescue Squad rescued the man Saturday night.