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Man hospitalized after near-drowning

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MORRIS, Minn. -- A 43-year-old Wahpeton, N.D., man is hospitalized after a near-drowning in Morris on Saturday.

A 911 call was placed from the campground near the dam on the Pomme de Terre River in west-central Minnesota shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday, reporting that an unresponsive man had been pulled from the river near the dam, according to Morris Police Chief Ross Tiegs.  

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Tiegs said that Aaron Kieffer dove into the river in an attempt to rescue his two juvenile sons after they had become trapped in the dam's current.  However, Kieffer also became trapped in the rolling current beneath the dam. 

One of Kieffer's sons was able to free himself and rescue his brother and father.  He also then ran to the campground and asked for help.

All three were taken to Stevens Community Medical Center in Morris.  Kieffer and one of his sons were transferred to St. Cloud Hospital.  Kieffer was listed in good condition this morning.

 The other son remained at Stevens Community Medical Center in Morris for observation.   

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