On March 18, 2023, at 2:14 p.m., the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call reporting a snowmobile crash east of the County Road 17 and 147th Avenue intersection in Holding Township. Initial information provided was that the operator of the snowmobile struck a fence post and sustained a lower leg injury. Stearns County Deputies along with Holdingford Fire and Rescue and Mayo Ambulance were dispatched to the incident location.
Upon arrival deputies located a 2011 Ski-Doo Back Country snowmobile in the south ditch of County Road 17. The operator, Clayton Dobmeier, 27, of Holdingford, was lying nearby. Dobmeier had a substantial lower left leg laceration from the metal fence post. Numerous fence posts in the area were partially snow covered with only about 8 inches exposed. The fence post came through the bottom of the snowmobile and struck Dobmeier’s leg causing the laceration. After being treated on scene, Dobmeier was transported to the hospital by a private party.