Sheriff: 2 injured by lightning strike

Published 10:34 am Monday, June 29, 2015

CHERRY TOWNSHIP  — Authorities said a northern Minnesota man and his 4-year-old daughter have been hospitalized after being struck by lightning.

The St. Louis County Sheriff’s office said a 51-year-old from Virginia was at a Cherry Township recreational facility carrying his daughter when lightning struck them Sunday afternoon.

The sheriff’s office said bystanders who administered CPR revived the man at the scene.

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The girl was taken by ambulance to a Duluth hospital. Her father was taken to a hospital in Hibbing before being transferred to the Duluth hospital, where he was in critical condition.

The sheriff’s office said the girl’s injuries were believed to be less serious.

A forecaster at the Duluth office of the National Weather Service reported that thunderstorms popped up across northeastern Minnesota throughout the day Sunday, often with little warning.