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Submitted photo Tri-State Diving begins the process of pulling a van out of the water on Buchanan Lake earlier this month.

Locals riding on thin ice

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Warmer than normal temperatures have created a perfect storm for ice-related accidents on area lakes.

Just ask local Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Conservation Officer Chris Vinton, who happens to be the first line of contact for those who have lost a fish house, All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) or vehicle to broken ice.

"It's been a really bad ice making season," he said.

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