Update: Lake Phalen drowning victim identified


A man who drowned Saturday night in Lake Phalen has been identified as Roger Valle, 22, from St. Paul.

The Ramsey County Sheriff's Office, St. Paul police and the St. Paul Fire Department responded to the scene after reports of a man who went underwater, the Star Tribune says. The sheriff's dive team, three boats from the Sheriff's Office, a boat from the fire department and a civilian boat aided in the search, reports say.

Valle's body was pulled from the lake around 9 p.m., reports says.

Ramsey County Sheriff Sgt. Jay Maher told the Pioneer Press that the area where he was swimming was dense with weeds.

Authorities were called to the swimming area earlier in the day for a possible drowning, but they were able to rescue the boy, KSTP reports.

This embed is invalid

Since heavy rains began falling on Minnesota as of late, the state Department of Natural Resources has been warning swimmers and boaters that waters are dangerously fast and high, WCCO notes.

Officials are saying that even small streams are dangerous and moving fast after all this rain.

Fast-moving waters swept a 14-year-old boy into a Chaska creek Saturday. He was trying to cross the creek with his friends, but got swept into the water. He was able to hold onto a small tree trunk until the fire department could rescue him, KSTP reports. He wasn't injured.

Next Up

coronavirus, covid-19, icu

MN up to 45 counties with high or substantial COVID-19 transmission

Delta is leading to more cases – and more severe cases – involving children in other states.

Screen Shot 2021-05-23 at 9.08.48 AM

University of St. Thomas latest to require vaccines for students, staff

The college had previously offered incentives to get vaccinated, but is now mandating them.

Pixabay - crowd park outdoors CROP

New forecast predicts more than 4 million Twin Cities residents by 2050

The Met Council believes job opportunities will also steadily grow.

Mike Zimmer

Zimmer on unvaccinated players: 'Some of the things they've read are just, woof, out there'

The coach says he's doesn't understand why some players won't get vaccinated.

Ramsey County - Karina Her booking photo crop 2

Charges: St. Paul woman killed ex-husband, buried him in her back yard

A woman is accused of fatally shooting her ex-husband and burying him in the yard.

Screen Shot 2021-08-02 at 8.02.46 AM

Riverview Cafe in south Minneapolis closes, plans to 'reassess' its future

The cafe and wine bar was open in the Longfellow neighborhood for 23 years.

Pixabay - camp food fire

Bear sightings prompt food storage mandate up north

Visitors to the forest and BWCAW will be required to 'properly' store their food.

covid, vaccine

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, August 2

The delta variant has been leading to higher case counts and hospitalizations in Minnesota.

Bloomington Walmart

Customers reportedly flee after scare inside Bloomington Walmart

People ran believing it was gunshots, but police say it was actually fireworks.

Racket website screengrab aug 2

New alt news site from former City Pages editors launches this month

Racket will be supported through a reader subscription model.

Flickr - Grand Canyon National Park - bison close-up

Dakota County to reintroduce bison to the area next year

The bison will be introduced to Spring Lake Park Reserve near Hastings and Rosemont.