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Body of missing area man found in lake

Associated Press

GOODVIEW -- Authorities found the body of a missing 35-year-old Goodview man Monday in a gravel pit near his home, ending a two-month search.

The body of Kurtis Lee Palmquist was found on the east shore of the water-filled pit around 11:05 a.m. by workers for an aggregate company, Police Chief LaVern Hauschildt said.

Goodview is near Winona.

The body was clothed in a dark T-shirt, blue jeans and hiking shoes, the same clothing described by authorities when they issued a missing person alert for Palmquist two months ago.

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"Obviously he had been in the water a long time," Hauschildt said.

Palmquist was last seen Sept. 19 at his home after fighting with two residents and damaging their property. The son of one resident punched Palmquist, who appeared drunk and was on medication to control seizures, police said.

Authorities conducted eight to 10 searches in the past two months and searched the area by land and air, Hauschildt said. They planned to send the body to the Ramsey County coroner to determine the cause of death.

Palmquist was in trouble with the law when he disappeared. He faced charges of burglary, assault, criminal damage to property and interfering with a 911 call for allegedly striking and choking his girlfriend, kicking in the door to her home and cutting her phone line.

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