Twin Cities man killed in snowmobile crash north of Brainerd

There have been at least eight snowmobile deaths in Minnesota this winter.
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The victim of a fatal snowmobile crash last weekend in north-central Minnesota has been identified as a man from Fridley. 

David A. Walter, 61, was riding snowmobile Saturday night north of Brainerd in the Fifty Lakes area when he was killed in a crash, according to the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office. 

Walter lost control of his snowmobile on a state trail about a half-mile off of Fox Glenn Drive and struck a group of trees around 8:50 p.m. Deputies and first responders pronounced Walter dead at the scene. 

The sheriff's report says Walter's wife, who was riding on a separate snowmobile, called 911. 

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office is scheduled to conduct an autopsy. 

Through Jan. 31, the Minnesota DNR had reported six snowmobile fatalities in Minnesota this winter. That does not include the death of a Coon Rapids man who was snowmobiling in St. Louis County earlier this month. 

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