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A Ford Explorer went through the ice off of the Northwoods Landing on Lake Bemidji early Thursday morning. Shown left, Wes Wright helps vehicle owner Dave Chmielewski position wood beams to help them pull the SUV out of the ice. FORUM NEWS SERVICE/Monte Draper

SUV goes through ice on Lake Bemidji

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BEMIDJI -- You could almost hear the “I told you so” in Sheriff Phil Hodapp’s voice Thursday morning.

He warned last week that the ice on Lake Bemidji wasn’t strong enough to support the weight of a vehicle. On Thursday morning, an SUV driven by a 55-year-old Bemidji man proved his point as its front end broke through the ice about 100 yards off the shoreline from the Northwoods Landing.

The driver, Dave Chmielewski, safely made it out of the vehicle and to shore.

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