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Klobuchar issues statement on Minnesotan killed in China


WASHINGTON, D.C. — The body of Minnesota resident Wade Johnson, 24, was found today on Mount Gongga in Sichuan province, according to the Associated Press.

Johnson, a 2007 graduate of Carleton College was working for Boulder-based Sender Films, recording a climbing trip in China when an avalanche buried the team, according to the AP.

After the announcement, Sen. Amy Klobuchar  released this statement:

“Our hearts and prayers are with the Johnson family today.  Susan and Bruce Johnson did everything they could to search for their son Wade.  Today we learned an avalanche that swept the mountain where Wade and two other members of his party were climbing claimed his life.  Susan and Bruce raised a son who loved adventure and loved the mountains.  He lived his life pursuing his dreams.”

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A memorial service open to current Carleton students and faculty was scheduled for this afternoon at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn. “The Johnson family is making arrangements with Carleton officials for a
celebration of Wade’s life that will involve his extended family and friends at a later date,” according to Eric Sieger, director of media and public relations at Carleton.