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Body found in Rice Lake ID'd as Paynesville, Minn., man

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ST. CLOUD -- The body of a missing man last seen riding an ATV was found in open water Friday on the west side of Rice Lake in Eden Lake Township.

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Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner said today that Michael Clark Hickman, 65, was found along with an ATV, the St. Cloud Times reported. Hickman had a Paynesville address and lived near the lake.

A news release issued Friday by the Stearns County Sheriff's Office says a report was received at 4 p.m. Friday that a local resident was missing and had last been seen Thursday night riding an ATV. A search of the area led to the discovery of the body and the ATV in the water in Rice Lake east of Paynesville.

The Sheriff's Office was assisted by conservation officers from the state Department of Natural Resources.

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