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Published December 18, 2012, 02:28 PM

Officials Urge Snowmobilers to Use Caution

Recent snowfall will likely bring out more Minnesota snowmobilers, but the DNR is urging that you take caution.

Recent snowfall will likely bring out more Minnesota snowmobilers, but the DNR is urging that you take caution.

Last year there were six snowmobile-related deaths in Minnesota. The speed limit for all trails and public lands and waters is 50 miles per hour. Even at 30 miles per hour, it can take a much longer distance to stop on ice than the headlight shines. Many fatal accidents occur because the machine is traveling too fast for the operator to stop when the headlamp finally illuminates the hole in the ice.

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