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Fewer snowmobile deaths despite more snow

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Despite the snowiest winter in years, fewer people died in Wisconsin snowmobile crashes than last season.

The DNR put the final death toll at 25, one fewer than a year ago, and two fewer than the average for the last decade.

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The DNR's Gary Eddy credits the lower death toll to the two-year-old night-time speed limit of 55 mph.

Also, vacationers from Illinois heard a lot about the dangers of snowmobiling, after Chicago TV anchor Randy Salerno died in a Vilas County crash.

That mishap involved alcohol as did 15 of the 24 other deaths.

Eddy said the final trails are now closed because agreements with private landowners have expired.

He says snowmobiling might continue on northern Wisconsin lakes, especially in colder spots where there's still a lot of ice.

Gurney in Iron County had 14 inches of new snow last night and early today. Many schools in the region were either closed, or they started late.

Central Wisconsin had 3 inches at the most, but there was at least some drifting. Green Bay had a dusting of snow, and almost 1.25 inches of rain.

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