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DNR urges anyone venturing onto remaining ice on lakes, rivers to use caution

DNR urges anyone venturing onto remaining ice on lakes, rivers to use caution Photo: KSTP-TV

March 25, 2019 12:58 PM

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is urging anyone who needs to venture onto the remaining ice on the state's lakes and rivers to exercise extreme caution.

A release said that while most lakes around the state remain ice-covered, the warmer weather, combined with previous precipitation, means ice conditions can change dramatically in a matter of hours.

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Anyone heading onto the ice should use a chisel to check the ice's strength frequently, use ice picks and wear a life jacket or floating coat, the release said.

There have already been five ice-related fatalities in Minnesota during the 2018-19 season.

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