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Douglas County volunteers rescue man after snowmobile breaks down

A Minnesota man whose snowmobile broke down along the Gandy Dancer Trail on Thursday, March 7, spent several hours walking the trail in search of help before Douglas County rescuers found him. Although the man was shaken from the ordeal, he was u...

A Minnesota man whose snowmobile broke down along the Gandy Dancer Trail on Thursday, March 7, spent several hours walking the trail in search of help before Douglas County rescuers found him. Although the man was shaken from the ordeal, he was uninjured.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office responded to a lost snowmobiler call in the town of Summit at about 6 p.m. Thursday, according to a report from Deputy Joshua DeLong. The snowmobiler had texted his brother to say the track had come off his snowmobile near Belden and he had 1 percent battery power on his cellphone.

The missing man had been at the Danbury casino earlier in the day, but hadn’t notified anyone of his proposed route ahead of time.

Douglas County dispatchers attempted to ping the man’s phone. They could determine which cellphone tower the text had come from, but not the phone’s direction from the tower. DeLong, Deputy Cynthia Strange and Sgt. Brad Hoyt responded to the Belden marsh area in Summit.

Members of the town of Superior and Summit volunteer fire departments were called to assist with the search on snowmobiles and ATVs. A command post was set up at the Dry Dock Tavern.

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At about 7:30 p.m., volunteers located the man on the trail and transported him to Drifters Bar in Summit.

He indicated that his snowmobile had broken down around 2:30 p.m. at the extreme southern end of the Nemadji State Forest in Pine County, Minnesota, north of Kingsdale.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Maria Lockwood covers news in Douglas County, Wisconsin, for the Superior Telegram.
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