Paraplegic man dies after falling from wheelchair

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SEBEKA, Minn.-- Authorities are investigating how a paraplegic man died after reportedly falling out of his wheelchair and being found in the cold near Sebeka (suh-BEE'-kuh).

The Wadena County sheriff's office says 39-year-old Michael Lee Johnson of Sebeka was found on the ground, unresponsive, and out of his wheelchair around 8 a.m. Tuesday by his personal care attendant.

KSAX-TV of Alexandria reports Johnson was taken to Tri-County Hospital with extreme hypothermia and a body temperature in the 70s.

An autopsy was being performed.

The National Weather Service says the temperature at the Wadena airport was 5 above zero at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

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