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Rescue diver Derek Randall carries Marc Matuza, 8, to safety after he and his father and brother were stranded on a rock in the fast-flowing St. Louis River while hiking. Rescuers asked Minnesota Power to reduce the volume of water flowing over the Thomson Dam in order to reduce the force of the current before removing the three from the rock. Photos by Steve Kuchera /

River hike turns perilous for dad and sons in Jay Cooke State Park

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A Shakopee, Minn., man and his two sons, 11 and 8, were rescued from rocks where they were stranded on the St. Louis River in Jay Cooke State Park on Wednesday afternoon.


Joe Matuza, 45, and his boys had been hiking on the south side of the river and had attempted to cross to the north side by hopping rocks. They reached a point where the boys could go no farther.

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