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Missing St. Croix River boater found alive, Minn. authorities say

The man reported missing on the St. Croix River has been found safe, authorities announced Monday.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office identified the man as 36-year-old Jason Elgersma of Minneapolis, who, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, contacted authorities through a lawyer. A passenger on the boat, identified Monday as 35-year-old Kristin Erickson, also of Minneapolis, made it to shore after the boat they were on took on water early Sunday on the St. Croix River near Bayport.

The sheriff’s office said the boat has been deemed a safety hazard and must be removed by the owner. The incident remains under investigation.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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