Two Polk County Sheriff deputies transported to hospital after airboat accident on Maple Lake

The two deputies were transported by private vehicle to Essentia Hospital in Fosston with non-life-threatening injuries

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MENTOR, Minn. — Two Polk County Sheriff deputies were transported to Essentia Hospital in Fosston, Minnesota, on June 22, with non-life-threatening injuries after an airboat accident occurred while they were assisting the Polk County Highway Department in installing buoys on the east shore of Maple Lake.

During the buoy installation, the airboat tipped over and sank to the bottom of Maple Lake.

The two deputies were accompanied on the airboat by two Polk County Highway Department personnel who were uninjured from the accident. All four individuals were wearing life jackets.

The Grand Forks Sheriff’s Office Dive Team was dispatched to assist with the recovery of the airboat. Other responding agencies were the Mentor Fire Department, County EMS and the Polk County Highway Department.

The incident is under investigation.


Meghan Arbegast grew up in Security-Widefield, Colorado. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from North Dakota State University in Fargo, in 2021.

Arbegast wrote for The Spectrum, NDSU's student newspaper, for three years and was Head News Editor for two years. She was an intern with University Relations her last two semesters of college.

Arbegast covers news pertaining to the city of Grand Forks/East Grand Forks including city hall coverage.

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