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Colfax man killed in Town of Howard snowmobile accident

By LeAnn R. Ralph

COLFAX — A 39-year-old Colfax man died early Saturday morning after his snowmobile hit a tree in the Town of Howard in Chippewa County east of Colfax.

Jason (Shorty) Darrell Schauer was traveling with companions on Trail No. 33 north of state Highway 40 when he failed to negotiate a turn and struck a tree, said Bill Yearman, a safety warden with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

The accident was reported to the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department, and Chippewa County officers were the first law enforcement on the scene, Yearman said.

The accident was reported at 2:39 a.m. January 25.

A spokesperson for the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department said DNR investigators were investigating the accident and that Chippewa County did not have any information to release.

When contacted by telephone Monday morning, Yearman noted that he only had a preliminary report on the accident and that no further information was available.