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Search continues for 2 believed missing in southwest Minnesota Lake

LAKE BENTON, Minn. - Authorities were planning to continue a search today at daybreak for a Lake Benton man and his girlfriend who apparently have died after going through the ice on a sprawling southwest Minnesota lake, which has the same name a...

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LAKE BENTON, Minn. - Authorities were planning to continue a search today at daybreak for a Lake Benton man and his girlfriend who apparently have died after going through the ice on a sprawling southwest Minnesota lake, which has the same name as the nearby town.

Lake Benton is southwest of Marshall, Minn., and east of Brookings, S.D.

The search of the waters on Lake Benton began Monday and continued into the second day without success on Tuesday.

It was reported, however, on Tuesday that the vehicle had been recovered, but the pair was apparently not in the vehicle.

Lincoln County Sheriff Chad Meester was unavailable for an interview later Tuesday, said a dispatcher.

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The  drama began, the sheriff’s department said, on Sunday about 6 p.m. when they received a missing persons’ call for Bradley Lund, 54, and Brianna Thooft, 29.

The sheriff’s department said the last word from the pair was an early Sunday morning cellular phone call.

As the investigation progressed, it led authorities to believe the vehicle the pair may have been in had possibly gone through the lake ice near the Norwegian Creek Campground on the north central part of the lake.

The pair, authorities said, had apparently been at an ice house on the lake earlier in the day Sunday.

Ever since the call to the sheriff’s office Sunday night, a search has been underway for the two by family, friends and multiple agencies.

The search eventually became focused on the part of the lake where it’s believed the vehicle went into the water in an area where aerators keep the water open.

Dive teams from nearby Codington County across the border in South Dakota were assisting in the search.

The search had resumed at daybreak Tuesday and continued until sundown.

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Lund is a well-known area farmer, who has worked with his family in their farming operation for years.

Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of the pair are asked to contact the sheriff’s office at (507) 694-1664.

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