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Billy Meister

The son of a Stillwater restaurateur died in a snowmobile accident on the St. Croix River last weekend.

Billy Meister, 22, Stillwater, broke through the ice on the St. Croix River about 100 feet off shore near the King Power Plant in Bayport, Feb. 16, according to reports.

Meister was a 2009 Hudson High School graduate. He attended Minneapolis Business College after high school and was currently employed at the family's well-known restaurant, Meister's Bar and Grill in Stillwater.

He is survived by parents William Meister, mother Bridget Conway and sister Megan (McGuire) Domeck.

Meister was reportedly familiar with the river and aware of the warm water feed from the power plant that created open water.

Meister was unconscious when he was removed from the water and efforts to revive him failed, the Washington County, Minn., sheriff's office said.

According to reports, Meister rode with his father nearly every weekend. The pair had begun the day Saturday morning by unloading their snowmobiles near the Boom Site just north of Stillwater. The plan was to meet three friends near the Stillwater lift bridge and snowmobile up to the Meister's Wisconsin cabin across the river from Marine on the St. Croix.

The father's snowmobile had mechanical difficulties and young Bill rode by himself to meet the friends. No one knows why Meister drove into the water near the King Plant, especially since he was an experienced rider and knew the river well. Alcohol was not a factor.

Meister's funeral is Saturday, Feb. 23 at 11 a.m. at St. Michael's Church in Stillwater.