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Albany man killed in snowmobile crash near Nevis

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A 30-year-old Albany, Minn., man was killed in a snowmobile accident Saturday on the Heartland Trail, about 1.5 miles east of Nevis.

The Hubbard County Sheriff's Office received a report of the accident at about 8:30 p.m. Friday and responded to the scene, along with Nevis First Response, North Memorial Ambulance and North Memorial Air Care.


Justin Gutzwiller was driving a snowmobile east on the Heartland Trail. His snowmobile collided with a tree on the north side of the trail. Gutzwiller was ejected from the vehicle. Emergency responders arrived on scene and attempted live-saving measures. These were unsuccessful, and Gutzwiller was pronounced dead at the scene.

Gutzwiller was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. This case remains under investigation by the Hubbard County Sheriff's Office.

Pioneer staff reports