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2 Minn. Snowshoers, 1 Snowboarder Rescued In Grand Teton

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JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) – Rangers in Grand Teton National Park are warning people to be prepared before venturing into the backcountry.

Rangers helped rescue three people — one snowboarder and two snowshoers — Friday.

The 20-year-old snowboarder, Steven Sprague of Rapid City, S.D., inadvertently crossed into the park’s backcountry from Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Ski patrollers found him in good shape at around 6:30 p.m.

Sprague’s friends tried to warn him that they were going the wrong way but Sprague didn’t hear them because he was listening to his iPod.

Around dusk, two lost snowshoers also called for help. Park personnel where able to guide 26-year-old Ross Trooien of White Bear Lake, Minn. and 25-year-old Gordon Mammel of Minneapolis to a spot to wait for help.

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