Friday, February 22, 2013
After removal dates, shelters may remain on the ice between midnight and one hour before sunrise only when occupied or attended.
From Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources (DNR): Minnesota’s ice fishing shelter removal dates are approaching, and dark houses, fish houses and portables must be off Minnesota lakes no later than midnight on March 4. Enforcement action will be taken if shelters are left after the deadlines. Those not removing shelters will be prosecuted. Conservation officers may remove the structure and confiscate or destroy it. It is also unlawful to store or leave a shelter at a public access. Anglers are advised to remove shelters earlier, if ice conditions warrant. For border waters, the shelter removal deadlines are: Minnesota-Iowa, Feb. 20; Minnesota-Wisconsin, March 1; Minnesota-North Dakota and South Dakota, March 5; Minnesota-Canada, …
Saturday, January 12, 2013
From ice fishing to snowshoeing to winter survival, homeschoolers have a variety of educational options Jan. 23-30, 2013 at parks in the Three Rivers Park District.
The following was provided by Three Rivers Park District Homeschool Wonders of Water: Ice, Snow, and Fishing Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 9:30 a.m.- noon, at Fish Lake Regional Park, Maple Grove. As water freezes, the way that ice and snow forms changes Minnesota’s landscape in drastic and important ways. Examine the effects of this process, why it happens, and what plants and animals do to cope. Use molecular models, thermometers, exploded soda cans, and outdoor examples in investigations. Then walk out on the frozen water of Fish Lake and try ice fishing. Cost is $5 and this program is for ages 8-18. Reference activity number #115923-00. Homeschool: Winter Ecology and Survival Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at Baker Near-…
Friday, January 11, 2013
The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office reminds people the advisory is still in effect.
Editor's Note: The following is a Hennepin County Sheriff's Office press release. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is reminding people that the Thin Ice Advisory remains in effect for all bodies of water in Hennepin County. Colder temperatures are in the forecast this weekend however recent warm weather has already created areas of unstable ice that will need several days of cold temperatures to improve significantly. Ice thickness is variable due to recent warm weather, freezing, and thawing that has taken place over the past several days. On Lake Minnetonka, there are areas of standing water due to the recent rains and warm weather. Even ice near some shoreline areas are showing signs of thawing. The DNR recently issued a …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Anyone heading out on the ice should: wear a life jacket, carry a set of ice picks, check with a local bait shop or resort— ask about ice conditions— and measure the ice.
With several days of temperatures hovering above and below freezing, 32°F, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is reminding everyone not to let their guard down when traveling out on a frozen lake, river or pond. With days of warmer than normal temperatures, it doesn’t take long to make the ice brittle, said Kara Owens, DNR boat and water safety specialist. “Anglers or snowmobilers might be safe in one spot one day," she said. "But might fall through in the same place the very next day." So far this winter, there have been no ice-related deaths in Minnesota. Last winter, four people died after falling through the ice. Last winter, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek ordered all vehicles off the ice after a string of …
Friday, December 28, 2012
Bodies of water are especially a hazard now since they are the most likely to have a thin layer of ice.
Editor's Note: The following is a Hennepin County Sheriff's Office release. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office reminds you to use caution when you are on or near a lake or pond that is frozen or partially frozen. Parents and caregivers are reminded that if your child is near water, you should be near your child. Set clear rules for children concerning activities near or on a frozen body of water. No ice should ever be considered safe. Bodies of water are especially a hazard now since they are the most likely to have a thin layer of ice. A dusting of snow or frost may give thin ice the appearance that it is safe when it is not. The recommended minimum thickness for ice is four inches for walking and small group activities. Please keep …
Friday, December 16, 2011
With all the rain this week, the Hennepin County Sheriff urges people to stay off the ice at area lakes.
Editor's Note: The following is a press release from the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is urging people to stay off of the ice on area lakes and other bodies of water due to thin ice conditions. Last week, many small lakes in Hennepin County had 4-5 inches of ice, the recommended minimum thickness for walking and small group activities. Today’s rain and recent warm weather have diminished the ice and it is too unstable for any activity. Please be aware of safety information: