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Man Dies Of CO Poisoning In Fish House

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Authorities are investigating after a man died of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning while in his fish house on Lake Elizabeth, near the city of Atwater.

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a friend of the man who said they found him unresponsive in his fish house.

The man, identified as Sidney Ray Schmidt, 40, of Gibbon, Minn., was transported to Rice Memorial Hospital, where he later died.

Initial investigation indicates Schmidt’s cause of death was carbon monoxide poisoning.

The Atwater Fire Department was summoned back to the scene, after received reports that the person who found Schmidt was also suffering from respiratory issues.

He was also transported to Rice Hospital.

The incident is under investigation.

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