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A local man was killed in a snowmobile collision in northeastern Minnesota on Saturday.

The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office reported Sunday that Melvyn MacDonald, 35, of Fort Frances, crashed into a tree and died.

He was riding with a group on the Cook Area Snowmobile Trail near Buyck, roughly 50 miles (80 km) northwest of Ely.

Initial indications were that speed and alcohol are factors in the crash, according to the Sheriff's Office.

It said MacDonald, second-to-last in a large group of riders, went off the trail and hit a tree.

The last snowmobiler located MacDonald.

Passers-by and emergency personnel gave aid to MacDonald before he was declared dead at the scene, police reported.

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