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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

DEFIANCE, Iowa (AP) -- Authorities say charges may be filed against a western Iowa man who they say traveled through Monday's blizzard with his two children in search of firewood.

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The Shelby County sheriff's office says Doug Welsh, of Shelby, had driven 25 miles to get firewood from someone near Defiance when his pickup got stuck in a snowdrift. He walked to a nearby house to borrow a shovel, leaving his children behind.

Chief Deputy Rod McMurphy says the home's residents called authorities. When officials reached the pickup, it was abandoned.

McMurphy says a search was called off after authorities learned Welsh and his children got a ride back to Shelby.

There is no telephone listing for Doug Welsh in Shelby or surrounding areas, and he could not be reached for comment today.

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