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Snowmobilers bodies recovered from Lake of the Woods

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Detroit Lakes Minnesota 511 Washington Avenue 56501

Ontario authorities have recovered the bodies of a Warroad, Minn., man and his teen-aged son who went through the ice Saturday afternoon on Lake of the Woods near Cyclone Island.

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According to Ontario Provincial Police, divers recovered the bodies of Wayne Windahl, 47, and his son, Jeremy Windahl, 16, late Monday afternoon.

Brenda (Holmer) Windahl, the wife of Wayne and mother of Jeremy, is from Frazee.

Cyclone Island is located in Ontario waters just across the border from Minnesota's Northwest Angle.

The Windahls were on a snowmobile that broke through bad ice Saturday afternoon. A third man on a second snowmobile was able to cross the weak ice, according to a news release from OPP.

Assisting in the operation were the OPP Underwater Search and Rescue Unit and Lake of the Woods Search and Rescue.

Friday, Allen Allenson of Angle Inlet, Minn., drowned on the Canadian side of Lake of the Woods when the gravel truck he was driving broke through weak ice while en route to Monument Bay Lodge in Ontario waters.

According to an OPP news release, Ellenson had missed a turn on the Canadian side of the lake about two miles from the lodge and drove up on a pressure ridge. The truck sank in 20 to 30 feet of water, the OPP said, and authorities recovered his body inside the cab Sunday evening.

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