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Forum News Service, Published April 29 2013

Man dies after fall at Bemidji lumber mill

BEMIDJI, Minn. — A Grand Rapids man died Saturday after a fall at a Bemidji lumber mill.

According to a press release from the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office, Mitchell Harthan, 23, of Grand Rapids was pronounced dead on Saturday at the Potlatch Lumber Mill located in northern Hubbard County.

At 1:27 p.m. the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office received a call that Harthan had fallen from a catwalk 40 to 50 feet above the ground. He was unresponsive when found by fellow employees.

The incident remains under investigation by the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office and OSHA.