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Man injured at Willow River falls

Details were very sketchy early this week surrounding an apparent accident at the waterfall in Willow River State Park in the town of Hudson Sunday.

St. Croix County Sheriff Dennis Hillstead said two of his deputies assisted in an incident in which a young man had apparently fallen down the falls, was hurt and needed medical attention.

The sheriff's office did not have the man's name and park rangers said they didn't have access to any information when contacted by the Star-Observer Monday.

One deputy was first on the scene after receiving a call at about 4:04 p.m. June 15 from the emergency communication center. The deputy found the man at the bottom of the falls, according to a Sheriff's report.

The deputy was told that the man was at the top of the falls, slipped and fell and rode the entire falls to the bottom where he was pulled out, complaining of injuries to his ribs, elbows and knee.

After assisting EMS in getting materials and manpower down the falls, the deputies turned the case over to state park officials, the sheriff's report said.

ECC reported the victim, who was identified as a 21-year-old Hudson man on a Twin Cities broadcast report, was flown to Regions hospital by helicopter.

The falls is located within a 200-foot gorge near Burkhardt five miles northeast of Hudson. A park ranger said the falls moves down in a series terraces and the total drop is about 30 feet.