Quickly changing weather conditions put a group of duck hunters in danger.
At around 12:30 p.m. on Monday, the Le Sueur County Sheriff's Office, Le Sueur Fire and Ambulance, Cleveland Fire and the MN DNR responded to assist 3 duck hunters found stranded in a canoe on Thomas Lake. Greg Nelson, age 30, of Prior Lake was hunting with Anthony Wolenes, age 27, of Belle Plaine and his 4 year-old son Ethan Wolenes. Winds came up and due to the cold, ice formed behind them blocking the channel to get off the pond. The men used a cellular phone to call for help.
Rescue Squads using a boat were able to get to the victims and safely remove them from the canoe and bring them back to shore. All three were evaluated by the Le Sueur Ambulance Personnel, who found no apparent injuries.