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Jeep and fish house fall through ice on Lake Ida

A Jeep and a fish house fell through the ice on Lake Ida yesterday. (Photo courtesy of Department of Natural Resources)

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials are advising people to be cautious when venturing out on the ice.

Two fishermen found out just how unsafe it can be when they were out on Lake Ida Wednesday and their fish house and Jeep both went through the ice.

Even with the recent cold snap, ice is still not thick enough on many lakes to support vehicles or fish houses. In fact, ice is never 100 percent safe, according to the DNR. It recommends the following ice thickness guidelines:

Two inches or less -- stay off.

Four inches -- ice fishing or other activities on foot.

Five inches -- snowmobile or ATV.

Eight to 12 inches -- car or small pickup.

Twelve to 15 inches -- medium truck.

Note: these guidelines are for new, clear solid ice.

Many factors other than thickness can cause ice to be unsafe, the DNR emphasized.

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Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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