Minnetonka hiker feared dead after fall in India

A 20-year-old Minnetonka man visiting India was missing and presumed dead Saturday after he fell 100 yards while hiking above the Ganges River. According to the Star Tribune, a family friend says Tom Plotkin, a former Hopkins High School hockey player, has been missing since Thursday.
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A 20-year-old Minnetonka man visiting India was missing and presumed dead Saturday after he fell 100 yards while hiking above the Ganges River. According to the Star Tribune, a family friend says Tom Plotkin, a former Hopkins High School hockey player, has been missing since Thursday.

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