BAUDETTE, Minn. - Five men remain hospitalized, three in critical condition, following a powerful explosion inside an ice fishing house on Lake of the Woods near Williams in far northern Minnesota.
Lake of the Woods County Sheriff Gary Fish says the propane furnace exploded and blew out the windows at 8 a.m. Sunday on the shore of Zippel Bay.
KVLY-TV reports the victims are Rod Bolstad of Hillsboro, his sons Jacob and Joel Bolstad, and friends Al Stokke and Willy Huotari.
Essentia Health spokeswoman Holly Gruber says Huotari and Rod and Jacob Bolstad were listed in critical condition Monday, Joel Bolstad was in serious condition and Stokke was in fair condition. They are at Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth and Essentia-Duluth.
The men had stayed overnight in the privately owned camper-ice fishing house.
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