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Boy nearly drowns in Pelican Lake

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The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office has identified the 3-year-old boy who nearly drowned in Pelican Lake at Breezy Point Resort on Friday, July 18, as Emett Weigel of Napoleon, North Dakota.

Weigel was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) in Minneapolis by North Aircare following CPR on the scene. HCMC officials reported Tuesday, July 22, that Weigel remains in critical condition.

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Chelsey Perkins
Chelsey Perkins grew up in Crosslake and is a graduate of Pequot Lakes High School. She earned her Bachelor's degree in professional journalism from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Perkins has interned at the Lake Country Echo and the Rochester and Austin Post-Bulletins and also worked for the student-run Minnesota Daily newspaper as a copy editor and columnist during college. She went on to intern at Utne Reader magazine, where she was later hired as the research editor. Before joining the Brainerd Dispatch, Perkins worked as a staff writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal.
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