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MINNESOTA NEWS ROUND-UP: Snowmobile crash kills one on Munger Trail

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RUTLEDGE, Minn. - A 22-year-old man is dead after a snowmobile crash Sunday afternoon on the Willard Munger Trail near Rutledge. 

The Pine County Sheriff's Office says the preliminary investigation indicates Jordan Mustchler of Bricelyn left the trail and struck a tree.  A caller reported that a snowmobiler was lying the ditch and was unresponsive.  Mustchler was pronounced dead at the scene.  Investigators believe alcohol may have played a role.  

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The State Patrol is investigating a fatal crash in northwestern Minnesota near Barnesville.  Troopers say two vehicles collided on Interstate 94 shortly after 4 a.m. today in Clay County.

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A Spicer man is recovering after going through the ice on Green Lake in western Minnesota.  The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Department says the ATV the 74-year-old man was driving broke through the ice by the Old Mill Inn just before seven Sunday night.  The man was rescued and taken to a Willmar hospital.  Officials are reminding Minnesotans that no ice is 100-percent safe.    

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Expect more white stuff over the state today with a big dumping possible later in the week.  The National Weather Service says two waves of snowfall are affecting Minnesota today, one this morning and a second expected after midnight.  Those systems are expected to cover much of the state with one to three inches of snow.  A strong storm may impact Minnesota Thursday, but forecasters say it's too soon know what track it will take -- which will determine how much snow falls.  Forecasters say they'll know more in the next couple of days, but some accumulating snow is likely and will be followed by another dose of arctic air.

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Expect some company at your local post office today.  Minnesota U.S. Postal Service spokesman Pete Nowacki says today(mon) is the busiest day of the year in post office lobbies.  As for last minute mailing advice--he says mail as early as possible.  To guarantee your cards and letters are delivered in the U.S. before Christmas, be sure to get them in the mail by the 20th of December.

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