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Sheriff: Fisherman finds body in lake near Willmar

Authorities say it was the body of a 56-year-old man.

A body has been pulled from a lake just southeast of Willmar.

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office got the call Friday around 6:15 p.m., according to a news release. A fisherman reported a body floating in Big Kandi Lake.

When authorities arrived, they retrieved the body of a 56-year-old man, started CPR, and transported him to the hospital. He was pronounced dead and identified as Kim Stahl of Blomkest.

The sheriff's office said the man's boat was also found on Big Kandi Lake.

Authorities are investigating what happened.

Boating safety

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources issued a safety reminder to boaters this week, ahead of Memorial Day.

The department recommends people wear their life jackets out on boats – not just bring them along. That's because lake water is still pretty cold and that can make it difficult for people to swim.

In Minnesota, more than 30 percent of boating deaths occur on cold water. And the victims tend to be male.

According to the DNR's most recent data, there were 53 boating deaths and non-boating drownings in 2015. Of those, 18 involved boating.

Additionally, there were 71 non-fatal boating accidents.

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