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Wisconsin woman drowns in Minnesota's Cass County

BACKUS, Minn.—A 37-year-old Sheboygan, Wis., woman drowned this weekend in a rural Backus lake in north-central Minnesota.

According to the Cass County Sheriff's Office, the woman had been swimming near the shore of Ponto Lake, about 63 miles south of Bemidji, on Saturday, Aug. 18.

Nearby people found the woman in the water, not breathing, at about 4:23 p.m. Life-saving measures were attempted and she was taken by helicopter to a hospital in St. Cloud where she died Sunday. Authorities are withholding the woman's identity until her family is notified of her death.

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