The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office and other agencies pursued an escapee from the Northeast Regional Correctional Center to the vicinity of Caribou Lake, where he was still at large as of late Friday evening.

At approximately 4 p.m. Friday, NERCC staff reported that Keith Cochise Bellanger had fled on foot from the Saginaw-area correctional facility. Sheriff's deputies followed Bellanger's tracks in the snow to Shady Lane near Caribou Lake. After losing the trail, they used K-9's to continue the pursuit 4 miles through the woods to Lindahl Road, where the trail was again lost.

Anyone seeing Bellanger is instructed to contact the sheriff's office.

The Minnesota State Patrol, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Border Patrol are assisting.

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