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WEST FARGO, N.D. — A report of a suspicious person knocking on the door of a house early Friday led police to find a man on the ground suffering in subzero temperatures.


Assistant Chief Michael Reitan of the West Fargo Police Department said police were called to a home about 3:30 a.m. and followed the man’s footprints in the snow, and not far away, they found him by a house under construction, police said. At the time, the air temperature was below zero and the wind chill was in the minus 20s.

The 33-year-old man from West Fargo told police he had walked from a nearby bar and had been outside for about two hours. “He had been drinking. I don’t know his level of intoxication,” Reitan said.

Medics took the man, whose name was not released, to Essentia Hospital where he was treated for injuries related to the cold. His condition was not available, but Reitan said the man’s injuries were not life-threatening.

“The guy was lucky,” the assistant chief said. “He certainly could have frozen to death, and we would have been investigating a fatality.”

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