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Published January 11 2009

Snowmobile crashes kill 2 in Minnesota

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – A 52-year-old Hibbing man was killed Saturday in a snowmobile accident in Itasca County, while a 22-year-old Cokato man died Friday in another crash.

The Itasca County Sheriff’s Department said Duane Earl Lehman was on a trail east of Grand Rapids when his snowmobile left the trail and struck a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

In neighboring Cass County, authorities said 22-year-old Matthew Chrest lost control of his snowmobile and hit a tree late Friday afternoon.

Authorities are investigating the cause of that crash.

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