Becida man rescued after 17-hour search

A Becida man was successfully rescued after a 17-hour search near the Lasalle Lake area.

According to a release from the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office, deputies received a report of a man lost in the woods Sunday night around 8 p.m.

Sixty-seven-year-old Philip Thorson was walking in the woods with his friend and his dog when he fell ill, two miles away from their vehicle.

The friend continued on to the truck without Thorson, but when the friend returned, Thorson was gone from the last known location.

The search continued with law enforcement but called off around 3 a.m. Monday, and he was found around 1 p.m.

Thorson reported he fell into the Mississippi River but huddled with his dog all night to stay warm.

He was met with a Bemidji Ambulance, who determined he suffered some minor frostbite and then transported to his residence.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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