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Fierce winds kept the snow blowing across Big Portage Lake near Backus early Thu

Search and rescue call unfounded near Backus

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Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

BACKUS — Emergency and dive team personnel spent nearly two hours Wednesday night searching Big Portage Lake near Backus for a possible drowning victim.

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Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch said at about 6 p.m., a report came in of someone who possibly might have gone into the water. Burch said personnel with the Lakes Area Dive Team, Backus First Responders and Backus Fire Rescue assisted the sheriff’s department with the search.

Burch said there were some young people out fishing who may have been loud and that could have triggered the call. Burch said all the people on the lake were accounted for.

“We want to encourage everyone to enjoy the lake this winter,” said Burch. “But please keep in mind that ice is never safe, and to use extreme caution this time of the year because there are poor ice conditions ... Better to be safe than sorry.”

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