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Capsized kayaker identified

Kayaker who capsized in the Mississippi River Friday was treated for hypothermia. 

At 3:32 p.m. Friday, the Crow Wing County Sheriff's office responded to a report of a capsized kayak with a female still clinging to it on the Mississippi River near the Wausau Paper Dam. 

The female victim, Cheryl Pagel, 56, of rural Brainerd, was kayaking with a group on the river near the dam when her kayak capsized. Another member of the kayaking group, 63-year-old Jeffrey Kidder of Baxter, jumped into the river and was able to pull Pagel to the shoreline. 

Pagel was treated at the scene by paramedics and then transported by North Memorial Ambulance to Essentia Health St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd for hypothermia. Kidder didn't appear to have any injuries, the sheriff's office reported.

Assisting the sheriff's office at the scene were the Brainerd Police Department, Brainerd Fire Department and North Memorial Ambulance Service. 

Renee Richardson
Richardson is a Pacelli High School graduate from Austin, Minn., who earned an applied science degree from the University of Minnesota, Waseca, with an emphasis in horse management. She worked extensively in the resort industry. She received an associate’s degree from Central Lakes College, where she was editor of the Westbank Journal student newspaper, as well as a summer intern at the Dispatch. She graduated from St. Cloud State University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and interned at the St. Cloud Times covering business while attending SCSU. She's been with the Brainerd Dispatch since 1996.
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