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Forum Communications, Published August 13 2012

Officials ID Willmar boy struck by pontoon

LAKE LILLIAN, Minn. – The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Department on Monday released the identity of a Willmar boy who was injured over the weekend in a boating accident.

William Huisinga, 8, of Willmar, was airlifted to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale around 3:30 p.m. Saturday after being struck by a pontoon as he was knee-boarding with his family on the south shore of Big Kandiyohi Lake.

Information on his CaringBridge website indicates Huisinga received injuries to his face and eyes.

According to a press release from the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Department, the boy was on a knee board and was being pulled out into the lake behind a 1984 fishing boat that was driven by his father, Nicholas Huisinga, 33, from Willmar.

A 2009 Sylvan pontoon, driven by Marilyn Almen, 75, of Minnetonka, that was coming from the west veered to avoid the fishing boat. The pontoon then struck the boy, who was brought to shore by family members.

Alcohol was not a factor, according to the sheriff’s department. The boy was wearing a life jacket.