The conditions of the two men severely injured Sunday when their snowmobiles collided east of Brainerd are improving.
Joseph Novick, 47, Burnsville, who was airlifted by North Memorial Aircare to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, went from critical to serious condition Thursday. The other snowmobiler, Richard Mills III, 27, of Minneapolis, remained in fair condition at Essentia Health-St. Joseph Medical Center in Brainerd
The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office responded to the personal injury snowmobile crash at 3:02 p.m. Sunday in an open field off Crow Wing County Road 142. The field is an area near a designated snowmobile trail near the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport and the Crow Wing County Highway Department building.
Novick and Mills were both wearing helmets at the time of the crash.
Assisting at the scene were the Brainerd Fire Department, Brainerd Police Department, Minnesota State Patrol and North Memorial Ambulance.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.