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Snowmobiler who died after falling through ice in Barron County identified

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New Richmond Wisconsin 127 South Knowles Avenue 54017

A man killed after his snowmobile fell through the ice on a Barron County lake has been identified as Wayne Haughian, 50, of Haugen.

He was reported missing Tuesday night.

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Searchers found snowmobile tracks that led to a hole in Bear Lake near Haugen.

Divers found Haughian's body late Wednesday morning.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says the ice is just getting frozen enough to walk on and it was not safe at the place where Haughian was snowmobiling.

Normally, officials say we need a few consecutive days of very cold weather to make the ice strong enough.

This morning's temperatures are too warm. Stevens Point had 25 degrees at 6 a.m. and it was in the teens and 20's everywhere else in the Badger State.

It's expected to get below zero tonight in the northern half of the state. But a major warming trend is in store for the weekend.

Parts of southern and eastern Wisconsin could get rain on Sunday with the mercury rising well above freezing into the 40s.

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