On Wednesday night, the Lanesboro Fire Department (LFD) donated $5,000 to the Winona County Dive and Rescue team for its efforts in recovering the bodies of Blake Overland, Matthew Erickson, and Andrew Kingsbury, three young men who lost their lives earlier this year when the car they were riding in — driven by Christina Hauser, who also perished — went over a guard rail and plunged into the Mississippi River. The $5,000, which was collected during the Lanesboro Memorial Ice Fishing tournament, will be put into a fund for a sonar robot with a camera.
Family members of January’s Mississippi River crash victims thank members of the Winona County Dive and Rescue team.
“It’s necessary to have this [robot] because we can search for anyone missing,” Winona County Sheriff Dave Brand said. “We can take that equipment and help whoever needs it.”
The Lanesboro Memorial Ice Fishing tournament, which was renamed in honor of the boys, raised additional funds for three scholarships that will go to Lanesboro High School (LHS) seniors. Overland, Erickson, and Kingsbury all attended LHS and were close friends.
“The community has always come out,” Rob Wanger of the LFD said. “[There were] five-hundred people in total, and we raised $12,000.”
The victims’ parents were also on hand, dressed in tournament t-shirts, to thank the LFD, Winona County Dive and Rescue team, and Winona County Sheriff’s Department for their help in recovering the bodies.