Scout leader: Storms kill boy, woman in northern Minnesota


ELY, Minn. (AP) — A Boy Scouts leader says a boy and a woman died and two other campers were injured when damaging storms slammed northern Minnesota.

John Van Dreese says the boy and the volunteer from the Northern Tier High Adventure Base Program were killed while camping in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Van Dreese is the general manager of the program which is part of the Boy Scouts of America.

He says nine people involved in the program were camping at Basswood Lake near the Canadian border, including three adults and six boys, when storms hit the area.

He provided no details of how they died.

St. Louis County Lt. Nate Skelton says the injured were evacuated by air. Van Dreese says authorities were working on evacuating the remaining campers.