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Elk River man shot by brother in holiday grouse hunting accident

A 25-year-old man was transported to the Park Rapids hospital following a Christmas day shooting in Wadena County.

The man, identified as Mark Vonada, of Elk River, was allegedly shot by his 15-year-old Park Rapids brother as they were grouse hunting, according to Wadena County Sheriff Mike Carr.

The accident occurred at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in a brush-covered area northeast of Sebeka in Meadow Township.

Pellets from the 12-gauge shotgun hit Vonada's head and face.

Authorities on the scene said none of the pellets lodged in Vonada's eyes.

He was transported by Tri County Ambulance to St. Joseph's Area Health Services in Park Rapids for removal of the pellets.

The Wadena County Sheriff's Office is investigating the shooting and has referred it to the county attorney's office for review.

Deputies were assisted by Sebeka First Responders and State Patrol officers at the scene.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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