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Otter Tail County man drowns on LaSalle Lake

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Otter Tail County man drowns on LaSalle Lake
Perham Minnesota 222 2nd Avenue SE 56573

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

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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.

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 located about 35 miles southwest of Bemidji.

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