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Injured ATV rider rescued in Paul Bunyan State Forest

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The rugged conditions in the Paul Bunyan State Forest became apparent Monday afternoon when emergency crews struggled to rescue an injured ATV driver.

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It took more than an hour to pull Raymond Aube, 63, of Faribault, to a waiting ambulance.

Hubbard County and Nevis First Responders, along with North Memorial Ambulance and DNR conservation personnel, con-verged on County Road 91 north of Nevis in an area commonly referred to as "The Gulch."

Aube and a small group were on a state forest trail when he said he rounded a corner, applied his brakes and fell over the side of the four-wheeler.

He suffered a possible broken pelvis and was taken to North Country Region Hospital in Bemidji.

The call came in at 4:13 p,m. Some members of Aube's riding party met rescue crews on County 91, but his accident occurred one-half mile into the woods, said Sheriff Frank Homer.

Rescue crews brought an ATV and rescue trailer in. Vehicle traffic wasn't possible, Homer said "The roads were too rocky and curvy," he said.

"We have new trail markings and they helped immensely," Homer said.

Aube was placed on the rescue trailer and hauled out by ATV.

It took until 5:27 to get him to the waiting ambulance, Homer said.

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Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers Hubbard County, courts and breaking news.

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