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Kevin Bonham, Forum News Service, Published June 17 2013

Lifeguard rescues boy at East Grand Forks pool

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. - A lifeguard at East Grand Forks swimming pool pulled a boy from the water about 5 p.m. Sunday.

The boy, who was believed to be 5 or 6, was taken by ambulance to Altru Hospital.

“I saw the kid in the water. He started rolling, so I jumped in,” lifeguard Taylor Holweger said. “He was really purple. He was choking on water. It was scary. When I carried him, he couldn’t talk.”

The boy recovered enough to begin talking by the time paramedics took him to the hospital. His mother was with him in the pool.

About 20 people were at the pool at the time. The pool was closed for about 30 minutes, according to Chris Dietrich, assistant manager.

Shift called in early

When the call came in, the East Grand Forks Police Department was investigating a bomb threat, which had been called in at 4:42 p.m. at the local Hugo’s supermarket.

The store was evacuated for about 90 minutes while the building was searched. Nothing was found.

The East Grand Forks Police Department called in its evening shift a couple of hours early to help handle the activity, according to a dispatcher.

It was the second bomb threat in the community in 24 hours. Walmart and Sam’s Club in Grand Forks were evacuated for about three hours after the first incident, which was reported about 5 p.m. Saturday.

The East Grand Forks Fire Department, Grand Forks Police Department, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Grand Forks bomb squad responded to the Hugo’s incident.

Another bomb threat occurred June 10 at the Hugo's store on North 13th Avenue in Grand Forks.

The investigations are continuing.