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3 escape Suburban after it plunges into lake on Christmas Eve

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources warns people should always assume ice might break. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources illustration

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Three people escaped a vehicle after it broke through the ice Sunday, Dec. 24, on Little Detroit Lake here.

The Becker County Sheriff’s Office said the occupants of a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban escaped by breaking and exiting the driver’s side window after the vehicle fell into ice covering approximately 11 feet of water.

The incident was reported at 6:40 p.m. Sunday to the Sheriff’s Office.

The Suburban was moving on a previously traveled area of the lake at the time it broke through the ice.

Firefighters and police officers from Detroit Lakes also responded to the call.

The Sheriff’s Office, in a news release Monday, said ice conditions may change on lakes daily and caution should be used when going on ice.

No other details were immediately available.

Steve Wagner

As Forum Communications' director of content, Steve Wagner serves as the point person for content strategy and projects for the company's 30-plus newspapers. He oversees operations of Forum News Service, a regional wire provider to more than 100 newspapers, and guides newsroom collaboration between The Forum newspaper and WDAY TV.  Wagner also conducts training related to content, reporting and newsroom advancement. Previously, he served as editor at the Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald and Bemidji (Minn.) Pioneer, and worked in writing and editing roles at The Forum, where he won numerous awards for news reporting.

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