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Man dies after pickup breaks through ice in Cass County

A 36-year-old Rogers, Minn., man died Sunday morning after his vehicle went through the ice on Leech Lake.

Bradley Erikson, 36, of Rogers, was found around 8:30 a.m. Sunday on the ice on Leech Lake, according to a press release from the Cass County Sheriff's Office.

Erikson was unresponsive and was suffering from exposure, the release said. He was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Park Rapids, where he was pronounced dead later Sunday morning.

Erikson had been camping with a friend in the Sand Point area of Leech Lake and had left Walker sometime after 1 a.m. Sunday, driving his pickup toward the campsite location, the release said.

The pickup broke through thin ice, and the victim swam across a channel and then apparently attempted to walk to the camp site, the release said. He was located after a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer found the partially-submerged pickup.

An autopsy is scheduled.

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