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78-year old man drowns in Hubbard County lake

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Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

BEMIDJI - A 78-year-old man died in a suspected drowning Thursday night on LaSalle Lake in northern Hubbard County.

Shortly after 9 p.m., the Lakes Area Dive Team recovered the body of Francis Peasley, 78, of Elizabeth, Minn., who was pronounced dead at the scene according to the Hubbard County Sheriff's Office.

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The sheriff's office received a report of a potential drowning on LaSalle Lake at 7 p.m.. When authorities arrived at the public access, they met with several people who said a swimmer in their group went under water about 20 feet past the dock and did not resurface.

Authorities and a volunteer searched the area with boats and located a body with an underwater camera in 20 feet of water.

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office is conducting an autopsy.

Lake LaSalle is about 35 miles southwest of Bemidji.

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