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Wisconsin men killed in Colorado AvalancheSubmitted: 02/17/2014
Wisconsin men killed in Colorado Avalanche
Story By Associated Press

LEADVILLE, COLORADO - The two skiers killed in a Colorado avalanche came from the central Wisconsin community of Portage.

That word from relatives and colleagues of the two skiers.

Three other skiers were hospitalized following Saturday's avalanche near Leadville, Colorado.

The Lake County Sheriff's Office says rescue crews found the two skiers' bodies Sunday afternoon near Independence Pass, about 80 miles southwest of Denver.

Robert Lentz says his son, 32-year-old Justin Lentz, of Portage, was one of those killed in the avalanche.

Lentz says his son loved skiing and started when he was 5 or 6 years old.

Another Portage man, 34-year-old Jarrard Law, was also killed.

Necedah Area School District Superintendent Larry Gierach says Law was an "incredible man" and an integral part of the district's technology team.

He says the district will make grief counselors available for faculty and students.

(Copyright 2013 Associated Press - All Rights Reserved)


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