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Search and rescue operation ends happily

Members of the Cloquet Area Fire District were combing Big Lake for two hours Thursday, Dec. 7, looking for a snowmobile that may have fallen through the ice.

Members of the Cloquet Area Fire District were combing Big Lake for two hours Thursday, Dec. 7, looking for a snowmobile that may have fallen through the ice.

The search was unsuccessful, CAFD Chief Kevin Schroeder said, because there was no snowmobile. It was a dog. And it didn’t fall through the ice.

Schroeder said a resident had reported seeing a light coming across the lake that “suddenly disappeared,” and was worried a snowmobile had fell through an open area in the ice.

Schroeder said they eventually solved the mystery, after learning a dog with a lighted collar had been frolicking on the lake.

“We spent two hours in the water looking for a snowmobile, and it turned out to be a black Lab,” Schroeder said with a chuckle. “But that’s a better ending to the story.”

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He added that the dog did not fall in the lake, and the CAFD encourages everyone to be careful on the ice, as it is not yet safe in many areas of the Northland.

On an unrelated note, there was a helicopter repeatedly flying over central Cloquet Thursday from about 9-10:30 p.m. CAFD Battalion Chief Jesse Buhs said he was told it was pilot training for an air medical helicopter.

 

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