West Cook, MN (KROC-AM News)- One person was airlifted and two others are missing following a water emergency on a lake in the Boundary Waters in northern Minnesota

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A news release issued Sunday by the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office says deputies were dispatched to the emergency shortly after 7:20 Saturday evening. 

An emergency caller reported two canoes on Iron Lake on the Minnesota-Canada border, had gone over the edge at Curtain Falls. 


First responders were advised that one of the canoe occupants was badly injured. The preliminary information indicated two others were reported missing, officials say. 

Authorities located the injured individual and another person and used a DNR helicopter to lift them out of the wilderness around 12:30 Sunday morning. 

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Officials say the injured person, identified as 47-year-old Kyle Thomas Sellers of Ham Lake, was taken to a hospital in Duluth for treatment of serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The other person, identified as 43-year-old Erik Michael Grams of Ham Lake, was not hurt. 

Later in the day on Sunday, first responders rescued a third person, identified as 33-year-old  Jared Jay Loshe of Cambridge, who was with the group and subsequently flown out of the wilderness. He was unharmed and not involved in the water emergency.


Search and rescue operations resumed Monday morning for 41-year-old Jesse Melvin Haugen of Cambridge and 40-year-old Reis Melvin Grams of Lino Lakes, who have not been seen since the water emergency.

Officials say they have deployed drones and rescue crews are battling rapid water..

Story updated to include updates regarding the search and rescue effort. A correction was also made regarding the location of the water emergency 


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