Authorities ID men who died in separate incidents on the Minnesota River

Two deaths were reported Sunday on the Minnesota River in Renville County. The body of Matthew James Wrobleski, 48, of Willmar, was discovered Sunday afternoon in a log jam between Franklin and

This file photo shows the Minnesota River along the Renville and Redwood County corridor.
The Renville County Sheriff's Office is investigating two deaths Sunday on the Minnesota River in Renville County.
West Central Tribune file photo
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MORTON, Minn. — The identities of the men whose bodies were pulled from the Minnesota River on Sunday, in two different incidents, have been released by the Renville County Sheriff's Office.

The individual found caught in a log jam Sunday afternoon was Matthew James Wrobleski, 48, of Willmar. The manner of his death is still under investigation.

The man pulled from the river Sunday evening was Lance Edward Scheer, 19, of Redwood Falls. He reportedly drowned.

Two deaths were reported Sunday on the Minnesota River in Renville County. One body was discovered in a log jam between Franklin and Morton, while the second was a young male who had been swimming

The first report came in around 2:58 p.m. Sunday, when the Sheriff's Office received a 911 call about what was believed to be a body caught in a log jam on the river between Franklin and Morton.

Both the Renville County and Redwood County sheriff's offices and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources responded, a news release said. The individual later identified as Wrobleski was located, recovered and transported to the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office for identification and investigation into the cause and manner of death.


The second incident occurred around 5:23 p.m. Sunday when the Sheriff's Office again received a 911 call, this one reporting a person who was drowning in the river near Vicksburg County Park, south of the city of Renville.

On the scene it was learned that Scheer had been with family and swimming in the river. He had not been wearing a life jacket and had begun to struggle in the water, the release said. It was reported Scheer had gone underwater and emergency responders launched several boats and a search began.

Scheer was pulled from the water around 7:40 p.m. and resuscitation attempts were begun before he was transported to the CentraCare — Redwood Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Shelby Lindrud is a reporter with the West Central Tribune of Willmar. Her focus areas are arts and entertainment, agriculture, features writing and the Kandiyohi County Board.

She can be reached via email or direct 320-214-4373.

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