Rochester Man Killed by Tree in Boundary Waters
1 Dead, 1 Injured at Duncan Lake Campsite in the Boundary Waters
On June 20, 2016 the Cook County Sheriff’s Office along with Cook County Search & Rescue went to the campsite on Duncan Lake where a man was killed by a falling tree in a severe thunderstorm during the evening hours of June 19, 2016.
The thunderstorm produced high winds which had the capacity to take trees down.
The party was camped on Duncan Lake and were in the direct line of the severe weather when it hit.
Two adult males and two juvenile males were present at the site when a tree was taken down by high winds, and the tree struck an adult and a juvenile.
Craig Anthony Walz, 43 of Rochester, MN, was killed by the tree and the juvenile male suffered significant injuries.
He was the brother of Democratic, Minnesota Congressman Tim Walz.
The tree was a mature white pine and was snapped off at the trunk.
The Cook County Sheriff’s Office was notified at 10:25 p.m. of the incident, and it was learned that staff from Camp Menogyn had gone to help the two unhurt campers get the injured party out.
Due to violent weather and water conditions there was no way to retrieve the body of the deceased at that time.
The body of Walz was recovered in the early morning hours of June 20 and was transported to North Shore Health in Grand Marais for coroner review.
No foul play was suspected and the investigation is closed.
There was also another incident in the Boundary Waters on Clove Lake Sunday night at 10:24 that the Cook County Search & Rescue team was called in to help with.
In that incident a man suffered injuries to his upper body after a tree had hit him.
He was taken to the Cook County North Shore Hospital by ambulance to be treated for his injuries.