Authorities searching Lake Winona after report of swimmer in trouble

WINONA, Minn. (FOX 47) —  A search of Lake Winona is underway after a woman on the bike path reported seeing someone in the water in trouble Monday morning.

Sheriff Ron Ganrude said there are no reports of anyone missing, no signs of a capsized canoe or kayak, and no evidence that someone was swimming in Lake Winona this morning.

“But it’s not uncommon for someone to go there to go take a swim, so it’s possible,” said Sheriff Ganrude.

Authorities are taking the report seriously and are dragging the water in the area where the woman said she saw someone in trouble.

Noel Sederstrom

Noel Sederstrom

Noel Sederstrom joined the KTTC-TV staff as News Director in February, 2008. He's a native Minnesotan, having grown up on a farm near Litchfield, and also spending a lot of time on Lake Vermilion near Tower-Soudan, where his grandfather Gust Saari worked in the Soudan Underground Mine. After studying journalism at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, Noel worked as a reporter, anchor, producer and Executive Producer at television stations in Duluth, Little Rock, Buffalo, Louisville and Kalamazoo, Michigan. Noel was the News Director at WWMT-TV in Kalamazoo for seven of his 18 years at the CBS affiliate before returning to Minnesota. He and his wife Cindy have two grown children and make their home in Rochester. Email Noel at

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