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19-year-old Minn. woman dies in skiing accident after striking tree

Bethany Becker / Special to The Forum

WABASHA, Minn.—A 19-year-old Minnesota woman is dead following an accident at a ski resort in southeastern Minnesota Saturday, Jan. 20, according to KTTC-TV.

Bethany Becker, of Corcoran, Minn., hit a tree after failing to make a turn toward the bottom of a ski slope at Coffee Mill Ski Area in Wabasha, according to police.

An ambulance crew arrived on scene and transported Becker to Mayo Clinic-Saint Marys and met the Mayo One helicopter at Plainview along the way.

Wabasha Police Chief Joe Stark said he believes Becker died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. Stark said his officers on scene informed him that Becker was a novice skier and had been attempting a downhill run on one of the more advanced slopes.

The Coffee Mill Ski Resort is in Wabasha, about 90 miles southeast of Minneapolis near the Wisconsin border.

Ross Torgerson

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