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Rod Nilsestuen, Wisconsin's Secretary of Agriculture, died Wednesday evening while swimming in an area known as Picnic Rocks in Michigan's upper pennisula.

Drowning claims state ag secretary, UWRF grad Rod Nilsestuen

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Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture Rod Nilsestuen drowned in Lake Superior late Wednesday while taking a swim following a day volunteering on a Habitat for Humanity project in the Upper Pennisula.

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His body was reportedly recovered about 6:10 p.m. some 300 feet offshore.

Governor Jim Doyle released a statement calling the man "one of the most important agriculture leaders in Wisconsin history."

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