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Snowmobiler's body pulled from lake west of Twin Cities

The snowmobiler is believed to have gone through the ice on Wednesday.

The body of a man was recovered in a lake 40 miles west of Minneapolis on Thursday afternoon. 

According to the McLeod County Sheriff's Office, a snowmobiler was believed to have gone through the ice on Winsted Lake around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, and on Thursday afternoon an adult male's body was pulled from water. 

The search focused on an area on the north side of the lake and was assisted by Winsted police, Winsted Fire Department, Lester Prairie Fire Department, the Wright County Sheriff's Office, the Carver County Sheriff's Office dive team and Minnesota State Patrol.

The identity of the man will be released at a later date by the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office. 

ATV goes through the ice

In an unrelated incident, a man riding an ATV went through the ice on Thursday morning about 200 yards from shore on Big Kandiyohi Lake, southeast of Willmar, in west-central Minnesota. 

According to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office, rescue workers were able to pull the man out of the water and pull him to shore on a sled. The 49-year-old Hanska man was then airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital for treatment. 

"No fish is worth the risk of going through thin ice," said DNR conservation officer Adam Block in a news release Thursday. "At this point, it is going to take several consecutive days of below-freezing temperatures before enough solid ice has formed to support foot traffic, and even longer before ATVs and snowmobiles should be on the ice."

There were six ice fatalities in Minnesota in 2017 and five of them happened in late November and early December, and all six involved people on ATVs or snowmobiles, according to the DNR. 

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