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Kayaker drowns on Lake Mille Lacs

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AITKIN — The body of a 50-year old man was recovered Saturday from Lake Mille Lacs, the Aitkin County Sheriff’s Department reported. 

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The victim, Todd R. Ellison, of Marine on St. Croix, was kayaking Friday afternoon with four others on Lake Mille Lacs when his kayak capsized and he was separated from the kayak. 

The sheriff’s department reported strong winds and high waves hampered search efforts Friday. About 8 a.m. Saturday Ellison’s body was found about a mile out from the east side of the lake. Ellison had been wearing a wet suit and a personal floatation device, the sheriff’s department said. 

An autopsy is scheduled with the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s office. 

The sheriff’s department was assisted in the search by the Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Department, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Minnesota State Patrol and the Isle Ambulance.

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