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Montevideo 4th-grader dies following swimming pool incident

GRANITE FALLS -- Granite Falls Police are still looking for answers in the apparent accidental drowning Friday of a Montevideo fourth-grader at the Kilowatt Community Center swimming pool.

"We're just in limbo right now," Granite Falls Police Chief Russ Blue said today.

Eddie Ojer died Saturday at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

The fourth-grader was with classmates from Montevideo's Maria L. Sanford Elementary School when he was pulled unconscious Friday afternoon from the pool. The Montevideo students were at the Kilowatt Center for a swim outing as part of a reward day for their academic performance.

Blue said two lifeguards were on duty at the pool Friday afternoon when the mishap took place. The students also were accompanied by 11 chaperones, he said.

"Many many people were interviewed and nobody saw anything," he said.

Footage from video cameras at the city-owned community center also was reviewed but didn't show anything, Blue said.

He said an autopsy will be conducted. "Hopefully it'll shed some light on why."

Montevideo School Superintendent David Baukol said Sunday that Montevideo schools will be in session today. Counselors and social workers are being brought in to help students, parents and staff.