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Autopsy shows Sappi worker died of natural causes

An autopsy of a worker who was found dead on the job May 15 at the Sappi paper and pulp mill in Cloquet is complete. The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office reports that Ryan Martin, 53, died of natural causes related to atherosclerotic heart disease.

Cloquet police and fire responders were called to the mill shortly before 5 p.m. May 15 and found Martin dead on the scene, prompting an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and a referral of the case to the medical examiner.

Martin graduated from Morgan Park High School in 1982.

Katie Rohman

Katie Rohman is regional editor of the Pine Journal, the Lake County News-Chronicle and the Superior Telegram. She joined Forum Communications Company in October 2017. Rohman previously served as managing editor of two newspapers in Blair, Neb., and five newspapers in the Niles, Mich., area. She also worked at newspapers in Park Rapids and Austin, Minn., and Mayville, N.D. The South Dakota native has a bachelor's degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead. 

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