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Walz adds Guard to search for 2 paddlers who went over BWCAW waterfall

Gov. Tim Walz on Thursday called on the National Guard to bolster the search for two missing paddlers in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, recalling his own connection to random tragedy in the popular northeastern Minnesota camping destination.

St. Louis County Sheriff's Cmdr. Nate Skelton said earlier in the day that searchers were in the water, on the ground and in the air trying to find Jesse M. Haugen, 41, of Cambridge, Minn., and Reis M. Grams, 40, of Lino Lakes. They were part of a group of four that went over Curtain Falls on Saturday, at a site between Crooked Lake and Iron Lake on the Minnesota-Ontario border.

Two in their party survived: Kyle T. Sellers, 47, of Ham Lake, and Erik Michael Grams, 43, also of Ham Lake. Located at the group's campsite was Jared Jay Lohse, 33, of Cambridge.


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