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UPDATE: Hopkins, Minn. man drowns in Balsam Lake Sunday

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BALSAM LAKE -- The body of a 24-year-old Hopkins, Minn. man was recovered by fire department divers late Sunday morning, about an hour after he slipped beneath the waters of Balsam Lake while attempting to swim to a floating raft with a companion.

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Deangelo L. Williams was identified as the victim by Polk County Sheriff Peter Johnson on Monday morning.

Johnson said authorities were alerted shortly after the man went missing at 10:25 a.m., July 6th, while swimming near a residence on Kemah Park Dr., east of Hwy. 46 on the northwest portion of the 1,900-acre lake near the Boston Bay area.

The man was said to have been swimming behind a woman but when she arrived at the raft, he had disappeared.

Deputies responded to the scene, along with Balsam Lake Fire, a DNR warden, Balsam Lake Water Patrol, and divers from the St. Croix Fire Department St. Croix EMS at Hudson.

The body was found at 11:43 a.m. in about 10 feet of water, about 30 yards from a dock at the lake residence.

Williams was pronounced dead at the scene by the Polk County Medical Examiner.

This case remains under investigation by the Polk County Sheriff’s Department and ME's office.

The Northfield (Minn.) News reported that Williams played football as a defensive back for the Carleton College Knights from 2008-2011.

Williams graduated Carleton in June 2012 and attended DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis.

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Steve Dzubay
Steve Dzubay has been publisher at the River Falls Journal and Hudson Star Observer since 1995. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. He previously worked as a reporter-photographer at small daily newspapers in Minnesota and is past editor of the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal.
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