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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The snowstorm that hit Minnesota over the weekend and its aftermath are being blamed in a third death.

The State Patrol says 63-year-old James E. Hughes of North Mankato was killed when he lost control on icy U.S. Highway 169 near the junction with U.S. Highway 14 on Monday afternoon. His Jeep jumped the median and was hit by an oncoming semi.

Two deaths on Sunday have also been blamed on the storm.

Fifty-four-year-old Matt Shetka, a middle school teacher and high school coach in the New Prague school district, died while shoveling snow at his home.

Twenty-one-year-old Justin T. Breza, of Winona, died when a semi lost control on snowy U.S. Highway 61 near Red Wing and struck his family’s car and an SUV.

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