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Body Found in Minnesota River Likely 6th Grade Teacher, SD Kayaker

Updated: 11/11/2013 5:59 AM
Created: 11/10/2013 11:58 AM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart

Nicollet County Sheriff's deputies have recovered a body from the Minnesota River and believe it's a South Dakota kayaker missing since June.
    
A fisherman found the body in a log jam on the Minnesota River at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, according to The Journal in New Ulm.
    
Steven Fritze's kayak overturned June 22 in a fast-moving, rising river after becoming entangled in bushes. Two friends made it to shore but Fritze did not. He was visiting family in New Ulm at the time.
    
A coalition of 50 personnel from emergency response and law enforcement agencies worked together, scouring the river for weeks in boats and on shore with cadaver dogs.
    
A memorial service for Fritze, a sixth-grade teacher at St. Martin's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Watertown, S.D., was held on July 3.
    
According to the sheriff's department release, a positive identification is pending results of an autopsy by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner.

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