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Body of man who jumped into Red Lake River recovered

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CROOKSTON, Minn. - The body of a man who reportedly jumped into the Red Lake River near Crookston on Monday has been found.

Polk County Sheriff's officials said rescuers found the body of Wade Douglas Bergman, 37, Thief River Falls, about 9:15 a.m. Tuesday.

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The sheriff's office is investigating Bergman's death, and an autopsy will be performed by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office.

According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, witnesses saw the man jump in and surface, then disappear in the river about a mile east of Crookston along U.S. Highway 2 shortly before 9 a.m. Monday.

A search involving Polk and Grand Forks county emergency workers, Crookston police and firefighters continued until 5 p.m. and resumed Tuesday morning, a sheriff's dispatcher said.

The Crookston Times newspaper reports on its website that Polk County Sheriff Karl Erickson told searchers that three employees of Glenmore Recovery Center, on the campus of the former St. Joseph's convent and school east of Crookston, saw a man leave the center and enter the nearby Red Lake River. He was spotted several times surfacing, then not seen again.

The Times reported that the man's jacket was recovered from the river.

Glenmore, which is part of Riverview Health in Crookston, offers in-patient and out-patient treatment for addiction and short-term detoxification care, voluntary and involuntary, for people as young as 12, according to its website.

No other details were available from the sheriff's office.

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