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Man sentenced after tipping boat while drunk, endangering lives of passengers

The driver of a duck boat that tipped on a Minnesota lake a year ago will be going to jail for drunk driving and child endangerment.

Ronald Haugrud had five people onboard the boat when it tipped on Lake Christopherson near Elizabeth in September of 2016. One passenger was a 15-year-old.

Earlier this month, Christopherson pleaded guilty in Otter Tail County and was sentenced to 90 days in jail. 60 days were suspended and he was given credit for spending two days in jail. That leaves 28 days on his sentence. He also must pay $610 in fines and will be on supervised probation for two years.

Last November, a hunter was given a 'lifesaver award' for saving people in the crash. Erin Houselog was hunting when she heard people call for help. She grabbed life jackets and swam out to the tipped boat.

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