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NEW INFORMATION: Conditions upgraded in ice house explosion

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- Hospital officials have upgraded the conditions of several of the five men injured in an explosion in an ice fishing camper in northern Minnesota.

A spokesperson with Essentia Health Hospitals in Duluth, Minn., tells KFGO radio that Rod Bolstad of Hillsboro has been upgraded from critical to serious condition, and his son Joel has been upgraded from serious to fair condition. Another son, Jacob, remains in critical condition.

Two family friends from Fargo also remain hospitalized. Al Stokke is in fair condition and Will Huotari is in critical condition.

The men had stayed overnight in the privately owned camper-ice fishing house.

Officials say the propane furnace exploded and blew out the windows Sunday on the shore of Lake of the Woods. Authorities say they are confident the explosion was accidental.
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BAUDETTE, Minn. (AP) -- Five men are injured after an explosion in an ice fishing camper near Williams in far northern Minnesota.

Lake of the Woods County Sheriff Gary Fish says the propane furnace exploded and blew out the windows at 8 a.m. Sunday on the shore of Lake of the Woods at Zippel Bay.

KVLY-TV reports the victims are Rod Bolstad of Hillsboro, his sons Jacob and Joel Bolstad as well as Al Stokke and Willy Huotari.

All five were initially taken to a Baudette hospital and then airlifted to a Duluth burn center. Huotari and Rod and Jacob Bolstad were listed in critical condition Monday, Joel Bolstad was in serious condition and Stokke was in fair condition.

The men had stayed overnight in the privately owned camper-ice fishing house.


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