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Paynesville man missing in Washington state

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

WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) -- Chelan County sheriff's deputies are looking for a 21-year-old Minnesota man overdue on a snowshoe hike near Stevens Pass in Washington's North Cascades.

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Lt. Maria Agnew told The Wenatchee World that Ezra Thompson of Paynesville left the Nason Creek trailhead on May 25 and was expected Tuesday at Holden Village where he had a summer job clearing trails. Officials think Thompson has gear necessary to survive in the wilderness but not a lot of backcountry experience.

There is a heavy snowpack in the area and high avalanche danger due to rain and warming temperatures.

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