COOKE CITY, Mont. (AP)  -- Two Minnesota men died in an avalanche in the mountains north of Yellowstone National Park.

Park County officials say a group of eight snowmobilers was riding near Scotch Bonnet Mountain north of Cooke City at mid-day Monday.

One of the men got stuck on a southeast-facing slope and another man was trying to help dig him out when the avalanche happened, burying the two riders.

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The group used their rescue equipment and were able to find the men, but they were unable to revive them.

The coroner says the victims are 43-year-old Jesse Thelen of Paynesville and 40-year-old Carl Thelen of St. Martin.

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