Man who drowned near Brainerd identified

  • Associated Press
  • June 27, 2014 - 6:05 PM

BRAINERD, Minn. — Authorities have released the name of a Sartell man who drowned in a lake near Brainerd.

The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office says 44-year-old Gary Steichen was on a pontoon with friends on Clearwater Lake, east of Brainerd, Thursday when he and a group of people went into the water to swim.

Steichen did not resurface, and sheriff's officials were called.

The St. Cloud Times ( reports sheriff's officials found Steichen around 5 p.m. in 20 feet of water.

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