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Minnesotans Brave Ice on Lakes Despite Warnings

Updated: 12/01/2013 12:17 PM
Created: 11/30/2013 5:38 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart

People appear to be braving the frozen lakes already across Minnesota.

A number of people, fish houses, and even an ATV, were spotted on a lake in Buffalo on Saturday.

According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the ice has to be four inches or thicker to even hold the weight of a person. KSTP.com meteorologist Jonathan Yuhas said, that usually takes four to five consecutive nights of temps near or below zero, which we have not had. 

Jonathan said it takes until at least Christmas for ice on metro lakes to be more than four inches thick.

A DNR conservation officer helped rescue a man Nov. 15 who was fishing and fell through the ice on Little Rock Lake in Benton County.

“The bottom line is it’s crucial that people do not let their guard down,” said Kara Owens, DNR boat and water safety specialist, “because ice is never 100 percent safe. A few days of cold temperatures don’t create ice strong enough to hold a person.”

According to Owens, six people died last winter after falling through the ice.

Buffalo, Minn.
Photo courtesy of Jennie Baden

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