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Body found in Minnesota River likely Watertown kayaker

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Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

ST. PETER, Minn. (AP) — Nicollet County Sheriff’s deputies say they believe they’ve found the body of a kayaker missing since June.

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The Journal in New Ulm reported the body is believed to be Steven Fritze, a sixth-grade teacher from Watertown.

In a news release, the department says a fisherman found the body in a log jam on the Minnesota River at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

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.

According to the release, a positive identification is pending results of an autopsy by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner.

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