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1 killed, another injured in separate snowmobile, ATV accidents

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One man is dead and another is hospitalized following two separate weekend accidents involving outdoor recreational vehicles.

KARE reported that a snowmobile crash killed a 22-year-old man on Sunday afternoon, according to Pine County Sheriff's officials. The crash occurred just south of the village of Rutledge. The Northland's News Center reported that Jordan Daniel Mutschler died when his snowmobile left the Willard Munger Trail and hit a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

This was Minnesota's second snowmobile fatality of the season. Earlier this month, a Finland, Minnesota snowmobiler was killed in Lake County. In October, a teenaged girl from Osceola, Wisconsin was killed in a snowmobile safety class when the vehicle sped off course and crashed into a loading dock.

According to statistics on the website of the Department of Natural Resources, eight people died in snowmobile incidents in the winter of 2012-2013, including one in February in Pine County.

Meanwhile, the West Central Tribune in Willmar reports that a Spicer man was rescued from the cold water of Green Lake Sunday when the all-terrain vehicle he was driving plunged through the ice. The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office said the man, who is 74, was alone at the time. He was transported by ambulance to Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar where he is being treated.

Despite the bitter temperatures, law enforcement officials around the state have issued repeated warnings about using caution on area lakes due to spotty thin ice and open water.

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