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The Risland brothers, Zechariah, top left, Jacob, bottom left, and Isaiah Risland, bottom right, are shown with cousin Isabelle Staley, top right, in this 2010 family photo. The Risland brothers and their father, Dan Risland, were in a sailboat Friday, April 6, 2012, when it sank in Clearwater Lake. Zechariah and Jacob died, apparently from hypothermia, while Isaiah is hospitalized at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis. SUBMITTED PHOTO

'Dedicated to the boys': Friend said sailboat tragedy traumatic for father

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BEMIDJI - One of Dan Risland's closest friends said he was a good father, and believes he's being unfairly criticized in the sailboat accident that critically injured one of his sons and killed two younger ones.

Leah Rowland of Bemidji described Dan Risland as a terrific father who sailed the boat several times before taking his sons out in it.

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Steve Wagner
Grand Forks Herald Editor Steve Wagner can be reached at 701.780.1104 and swagner@gfherald.com. Prior to joining the Herald, Wagner worked at the Bemidji (Minn.) Pioneer and The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. He also previously worked at newspapers in the Twin Cities and Iowa.
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