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Weaver man dies in kayaking accident

A 56-year-old rural Altura man died while kayaking on the Mississippi River late Thursday night.

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WINONA — A 56-year-old rural Altura man died while kayaking on the Mississippi River late Thursday night.

At about 9 p.m. Thursday, the Winona County Sheriff's Office received a call from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, which had discovered a vehicle parked at the Minneiska boat landing, according to Deputy Chief Jeff Mueller.

The individual was identified as Timothy Heim. Authorities learned that Heim was a frequent kayaker in the area, and notified his family, who said it was unusual that Heim would be out at that time of night.

Game wardens with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Winona County Sheriff deputies, the Winona dive and rescue team, and the Minnesota State Patrol helicopter were called out to search.

At 12:42 a.m., Heim's body was discovered on shore about 10 feet from the river. He was about 50 feet from his parked vehicle. He was found to have cuts on his hand, and the kayak wasn't anywhere to be found. A cause of death has not yet been determined.

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