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Forum Communications, Published October 15 2009

Lost Minnesota hunter found, treated for hypothermia

BEMIDJI, Minn. – A Puposky, Minn., hunter is being treated for frostbite and hypothermia at North Country Regional Hospital in Bemidji after being lost in Quiring Township, Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp said.

The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office dispatch received a faint cell phone call about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday from Rowdy Schipper, 44, reporting that he was lost in the woods north of Minnesota Highway 1. Schipper reportedly said he had lost his footwear and socks and was suffering from severe hypothermia, Hodapp said.

The Beltrami County Dispatch Center kept Schipper on the line long enough to get his general location based on his cell phone signal. Beltrami County Sheriff’s deputies, members of the Kelliher Fire Department and Blackduck Ambulance Service responded to the scene. The sheriff’s office alerted neighbors.