Snowmobiler injured in Paul Bunyan State Forest

Featured photo submitted by the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office.

An Albany man was injured in a snowmobile crash in the Paul Bunyan State Forest Saturday afternoon.

According to the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office, deputies and medical staff responded to the Steamboat Forest Road in Thorpe Township and found the injured 70-year-old rider, who was down a steep hill after being thrown from his machine.

According to the investigation, William Scepaniak was eastbound on the forest road when he lost control, riding into a steep ditch then struck a tree.

Scepaniak had to be extricated up the steep hill, where he was then transported by sled to an ambulance which then took him to a waiting helicopter for treatment at a St. Cloud hospital.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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