POLK COUNTY -- A 50-year-old male was pronounced deceased after authorities in Polk County were called to a rural Bar & Grill for a call of an unresponsive person.

On Wednesday, January 11, 2023, at 10:25p, Polk County Emergency communications center received a call for an unresponsive male in the parking lot of the Blacksmith Shop Bar and Grill, in rural Balsam Lake. Deputies, First Responders, and an Ambulance all responded to the scene.

According to Polk County Sheriff Brent Waak, a male victim was located and life-saving measures were attempted. The male was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The victim had previously been involved in a disturbance in the parking lot, according to authorities. Sheriff Waak has identified the victim as 50-year-old Michael Denucci, from Turtle Lake, WI.

This case is under investigation by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and the Polk County Medical Examiner.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Milltown Fire Department and Northwestern Municipal EMS for their assistance.

Last Update: Jan 13, 2023 1:27 pm CST

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