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Body found in Faribault field as deadly winter drags on

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A 23-year-old man was found dead in a snow-covered open field near Faribault Tuesday afternoon.

Investigators are trying to determine his exact cause of death, and what role the cold played in it. Police say there were no obvious signs of trauma, and given the footprints in the snow, it looks like the man walked to the spot where he was found, WCCO reports.

It wasn't immediately clear how long the man had been there, Faribault Daily News reported.

The man's name had not yet been released, but investigators say he lived and worked in the area, KARE 11 reported. The Daily News reported that the man was an employee of Peterbilt, which has a facility nearby.

A number of people have been found dead in the cold this brutal Minnesota winter, while others have been rescued, including a 28-year-old Austin man who was lucky to be alive after police found him outdoors early Monday morning.

Among those who have perished in the outdoors this winter are a 54-year-old Embarrass woman and a 32- year-old Lakeville woman. Both died of hypothermia, as did a 41-year-old man who was found under a porch in Virginia, Minnesota.

A woman whose body was found Monday near dumpsters in Fridley likely died of exposure, authorities said Tuesday.

And in January, a 55-year-old man found was found dead on a central Minnesota county road about two and a half miles from his car, which had gotten stuck in a blizzard.

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