Fisherman who drowned on Pelican Lake identified

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) — Sheriff’s officials have identified the man who drowned while fishing on a Benson County lake this past weekend.

Authorities say 52-year-old Jim Kirkeide, of Fessenden, was fishing with two other men when their airboat began to take on water in Pelican Lake north of Devils Lake Saturday. The two other men, from Langdon, made it to shore.

Benson County Sheriff Steve Rohrer says life jackets were in the boat but the men didn’t have time to put them on. KFGO reports it has not been determined what caused the boat to take on water. The sheriff says much of the lake still has ice on it.

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