Itasca County Sheriff’s Office

440 1st Avenue NE

Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Phone (218) 326-3477

Fax (218) 326-4663

Press Release

Contact: Sheriff Vic Williams

Phone: 218-326-3477


July 25, 2012

On July 24, 2012, at approximately 4:15 pm, the Itasca County Sheriff’s Department along with the Cohasset Fire Department and Meds 1 ambulance responded to Hill Top Trail, Cohasset, MN. It was reported that three people had possibly been electrocuted by an extension cord which had fallen from a boat lift, into the water.

Law Enforcement and EMS personnel were told that one victim, Robert Clifford Stoen (22) from Owatonna, MN, was found unresponsive in the water on Pokegama Lake. CPR was performed on Stoen, and he was transported to Grand Itasca Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Two other injured parties; Eric Michael Hancock (35) and Cheryl Marie Hancock (57) also from Owatonna, were taken to Grand Itasca Medical Center and were listed as serious but stable condition. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

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