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Apple Valley couple dies when snowmobile goes through thin ice in Wisconsin

The accident happened over the weekend in Burnett County.

Two Minnesotans died when the snowmobile they were riding went through thin ice on a lake in western Wisconsin, according to to Wisconsin DNR safety specialist warden Mark Little. 

Timothy and Kimberly O'Brien, ages 57 and 56, of Apple Valley, were riding on Webb Lake in Burnett County – about two hours northeast of the Twin Cities – when they went through thin ice. 

A search for the pair resulted in the discovery of their snowmobile submerged in the water. It's believed that their snowmobile broke through the ice around 9 p.m. Saturday. 

The Wisconsin DNR says the couple owned a cabin on the lake that they were on their way back to after having dinner with family at a local bar. A creek that runs from the lake created a patch of open water and thin ice, which played a role in the tragedy. 

According to the Star Tribune, a funeral for the O'Brien's will be held in Burnsville at Church of the Risen Savior on Saturday, Jan. 5. 

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