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Sheriff Urges Ice Safety This Weekend

After seven vehicles plowed through the ice on Lake Minnetonka, Sheriff Stanek reminds citizens to be safe.

Editor's Note: The following is a Hennepin County Sheriff's Office press release.

With warmer temperatures expected this weekend, more people are expected to be using the county’s lakes for recreation. The Sheriff’s Office urges all residents to use caution when using area lakes and other bodies of water. Remember that no ice should ever be considered completely safe. Freezing and thawing have created variable ice conditions.  
 
Last weekend, there were seven vehicles broke through ice on Lake Minnetonka.  

Hennepin County residents are urged to review these safety guidelines:

· Anyone using the ice –including people on foot, snowmobiles and ATVs --should use safety precautions such as wearing life jackets.  Sheriff’s deputies wear life jackets when they are on the ice.

· For parents and caregivers of young children, remember that if your child is walking on – or near-- ice  -- you should be near your child. Active supervision is recommended at all times on – or near -- lakes, ponds, and other bodies of water.

· For parents and caregivers of teens and young adults, communicate your safety rules and restrictions for those who will be driving your vehicles. If driving on ice is prohibited in your vehicle, make that rule clear to all potential drivers.

· Despite the recent cold weather, channels of Lake Minnetonka remain dangerous and should be avoided. A vehicle, such as a car, truck, or SUV, should NEVER be driven through a channel.

· Channels should be also be avoided by people on foot, snowmobiles, and ATVs.  A snowmobile or ATV also have a high likelihood of going through the ice on a channel.

· Pressure ridges should be avoided at all times due to a false impression that the ice is stable. All vehicles including cars, trucks, SUVs, snowmobiles, and ATVs should avoid pressure ridges.  People on foot should avoid pressure ridges.

· For more information about ice safety and emergency response, visit the Minnesota DNR website.

 http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/education_safety/safety/ice/dangerthinice.pdf

Tom Evenstad January 26, 2013 at 02:56 PM
Way to LEAD SHERIFF STANEK!
Nicholas.g.c January 26, 2013 at 04:21 PM
I think everyone who does or does not use the ice should read this about five times.I do not think the sheriff or anyone else could make it any more clear.
Tom Evenstad January 26, 2013 at 08:05 PM
AGREED! I LIVE ON THIS HUGE LAKE AND THAT TRAGEDY WAS PREVENTABLE WAS IS SAD BUT TRUE! PLEASE DO NOT PUT MINORS, ESP CHILDREN IN HARMS WAY. IT WAS 40 DEGREES THAT DAY AND COMMIN SENSE MUST PREVAIL! ADDITIONALLY, IF ANY ALCOHOL OR DRUGS WERE AT PLAY YOU NEED TO BE PROSECUTED AS YOU DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE MINORS LET ALONE INFANTS OVER OUR SEMI-FROZEN OR EVEN FULLY FROZEN LAKES EVER! PLEASE KEEP OUR STATES MOST PREVIOUS RESOURCE OFF OF OUR LAKES UNLESS ON LAKE IN BOAT ON WATER: OUR CHILDREN! GREAT JOB SHERIFF STANEK AND ALL HCSO WATER PATROL!
rickstuntebeck February 19, 2013 at 04:58 PM
Rick S. Apple Valley, just wondering if Layfette bay is okay to go fishing on and drive on? 02/19/13. rickstuntebeck@hotmail.com

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