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Hunter Shoots Himself in Leg

November 7, 2011

From ValleyNewsMobile.com

A hunter shot himself in the leg in rural Lengby yesterday afternoon.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office says Brian Zwilling, 22, from Sartell, Minn. was climbing into his tree stand about 10 feet off the ground when he accidentally shot himself in the upper thigh with a pistol.

A local farmer had to lift a deputy up the stand with a tractor loader to rescue Zwilling who was airlifted to Essentia in Fargo.

He remains in intensive care. Family members say the shot shattered his knee. He had surgery Sunday morning and may have another operation.

His family says he is in a lot of pain but is expected to recover.

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