MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Officials in northern Minnesota say a 46-year-old man and his dog were found dead Saturday of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning.

The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office says 46-year-old Stanley Skare, of Saginaw, was found dead in a cabin, which had a generator running inside.

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The exact cause of death will be determined by the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office.

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Meanwhile, officials are encouraging the public to be sure that generators are placed a safe distance from living and sleeping quarters.

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Carbon monoxide is an odorless, tastless gas produced when a fossil fuel is burned. In high concentrations, it can cause sudden illness and death.