Swan Lake fisherman recovery intensifies


A recovery team is attempting to set up camp near Swan Lake in the boundary waters today after being foiled by bad weather Wednesday. The group will attempt to recover the body of Ty Sitter who was last seen a week ago by his father and brother as he left to go fish the lake. Sitter’s body is believed to be 90-100 feet of water.

The remoteness of the lake, in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, makes the recovery difficult as crews can only bring in equipment that can be carried by a float plane.

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The Insight Now Debates will move from online to on-the-air. On Friday at 11 a.m. we continue this fundamental discussion on the role of government during the”Midday” program on MPR News:

Peter Nelson, policy fellow for the Center of the American Experiment and Dane Smith, president of Growth and Justice will both be on Midday. But this is also your time to join in the discussion. You have a few ways to do this:

1)Continue participating in our online debate thread. I will also be on Midday to relate some of the written comments that have come in.

2) Listen to the Midday program during the 11 a.m. hour and call in.

Today you can read the closing statements by our two debaters.

Then comment on the question at hand. We’ll “see” you on the radio, Friday at 11 a.m.

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