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St. Paul man dies of medical condition while boating on Lake Osakis

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On Saturday, an evening out on Lake Osakis turned into an attempt to save a man's life.

According to Todd County Sheriff Pete Mikkelson, around 6:23 p.m., a group of people on the water noticed what appeared to be an unoccupied boat moving across the lake.


The group was able to catch up to the moving boat and get alongside it when they noticed a man in the boat suffering a medical condition.

One of the passengers was able to get into the victim's boat, stop it and start performing CPR on the man.

The group towed the man's boat to shore while continuing CPR.

Despite their heroic efforts, Lawrence Fink, 67, of St. Paul was pronounced dead when rescuers met the boats on shore.

Amy Chaffins
Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper. After graduating from St. Cloud State University, Amy’s first job was at KSAX-TV working as an anchor and reporter. From 2003-2010, Amy worked as an editor and reporter for the Pope County Tribune and Starbuck Times newspapers. During her journalism career, Amy earned writing and photography awards from the Associated Press, Minnesota Newspaper Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Amy and her husband, Brandon, live in Alexandria and together write “He Sez, She Sez,” a humor column in the local women’s magazine, Chicz
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