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"Tired but Happy" After Successful Search Effort

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Five North Dakota men missing since Thursday are found alive after what a member of the sheriff's department calls "genius" decision. 

Lt. Mark Conrad with the Sheridan Co. Sheriff's Dept. says all five North Dakota men have been found alive and did not need medical attention.

Pictures were posted on the Bear Lodge Resort facebook page from the search and rescue operation earlier Saturday.

More than fifty people were working to find the men.

Conrad says they were located in the back country, near Horse Creek around 2:10 this afternoon..

Authorities say the men are James and Jaren Murray and Rod Schilling and Dusty Schlichting from the Turtle Lake-Mercer area and Chad Tweeten from Washburn.

Conrad says at least one snowmobile had run out of gas, and the group had hunkered down because of the weather.

Lt. Conrad says after being part of the search effort for 31 plus hours he's "tired but happy..." Saturday evening.

"It was a huge relief for everyone, I was anxious to contact the family members and let them know because they were on pins and needles wondering what was going on as well and probably hoping for the best but considering that it could be something other than that, it was a big relief." says Lt. Mark Conrad, Sheridan Co. Sheriff's Dept.

The five men are described as experienced snowmobilers.

Conrad says staying put during what he described as horrendous conditions was "genius" on their part.

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