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Published December 16 2012

Family of Minnesota boy who died from infection after swimming plans to sue city, county, state

ST. PAUL — The family of a 9-year-old boy who died from a rare infection after swimming in Lily Lake in Stillwater plans to sue the city, county and state for $1.5 million.

Jack Ariola Erenberg contracted the form of meningitis and died Aug. 6. He's the second child to contract it after swimming in Lily Lake.

Attorney Roger Strassburg told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that the wrongful-death lawsuit will be filed soon in Washington County. A hearing is set for Dec. 21.

As part of their claim, the family wants the city to post signs on all swimming facilities like Lily Lake warning of them of the amoeba that caused Jack's death.

Mayor Ken Harycki said the city has turned the notice of claim over to its attorneys.