Snowmobile crash with injuries

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St. Louis County Sheriff's Office News Release

Incident Date: February 14th, 2020

Incident Time: 10:45 P.M. 

Incident location: Hwy 53/Forest Road 614 (approximately 15 miles north of Orr, Mn)

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INDIVIDUAL(S) INVOLVED: (Refer to News Media Policy-Rules III A. I Thru 4: Procedures B.1, A thru J & 1; 2b; 3b; g & h; 4a, b, & c)

Name:  Victoria Lynn SPANDL

Name: Howard John HEDIN



Age: 69


Address: Randall, Mn.

Address: Swanville, Mn.


Incident Summary: On February 14th, 2020 at approximately 10:45 P.M. Saint Louis County Sheriff's deputies responded to a snowmobile crash that occurred near Hwy 53 and Forest Road 614, approximately 15 miles north of Orr, Mn. Howard HEDIN and Victoria SPANDL were operating snowmobiles in a group of 8 traveling northbound in the ditch of Hwy 53 when they both went over an approximately 30 foot rock cliff and landed at the bottom of a ravine. First responders used a combination of rescue toboggans, ropes, and an ATV winch to rescue the two. HEDIN and SPANDL were transported by Orr Ambulance to the Essentia health-St. Mary's hospital in Duluth with non-life threatening injuries.

Assisting agencies: Kabetogama Fire and First responders, Orr Fire and Ambulance, Saint Louis County Rescue Squad, Minnesota State Patrol, U.S. National Park Service.


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Authority: Sgt. Kevin Friebe

Date:     February 15th, 2020               Time: 5:30 A.M.

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