Tricounty News

Water rescue on Sauk River

Monday, June 30, the Stearns County Communications Center received the report of a man who had gone into the Sauk River from the canoe access by Heim’s Mill on County Road 1 in Lesauk Township. The caller indicated that the man had gone in after a dog, and that she could still see the dog, but had lost sight of the man. Stearns County Deputies responded and assistance was requested from the Sartell Police Dept. When officers arrived, they located the man on a small island east of the County Road 1 Bridge over the Sauk River. The dog was on the opposite shore but went into the Sauk River and swam to the man’s location. The Sartell Fire Dept. responded with their Zodiac and put it into the river. The man and dog were picked up and returned to the Heim’s Mill canoe access. The man was identified as Michael Lenarz, 61, of  St. Cloud. He was not complaining of any injuries and the dog appeared to be fine as well. Lenarz left the access on his own. Also assisting with this matter was the Benton County Sheriff’s Office and the Sauk Rapids Fire Department.