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Authorities: Ice is not yet safe for recreation
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

The Hubbard County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Management and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources remind the local community to use extra caution as winter weather arrives, temperatures drop and ice starts to form.

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According to their press release, current ice conditions are not safe for travel or recreation. Authorities are urging citizens to stay off the ice until it has reached a safe minimum distance.

As of Nov. 18, no Minnesota lake ice had been reported by DNR conservation officers as consistently 4 inches thick, the minimum thickness for walking.

The DNR offers these guidelines for going out on new, clear ice:

E 2 inches or less: Stay off.

E 4 inches: Ice fishing or other activities on foot.

E 5 inches: Snowmobile or ATV.

E 8 to 12 inches: Car or small pickup.

E 12 to 15 inches: Medium truck.

As always, the agencies said, there is no such thing as 100 percent safe lake ice, as ice rarely freeze uniformly and the insulating effect of snow slows down the freezing process.

For more information, contact the Hubbard County Sheriff's Office at 218-732-3331. More information can be found online at www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/ice/index.html.

The Hubbard County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Management and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources remind the local community to use extra caution as winter weather arrives, temperatures drop and ice starts to form.

According to their press release, current ice conditions are not safe for travel or recreation. Authorities are urging citizens to stay off the ice until it has reached a safe minimum distance.

As of Nov. 18, no Minnesota lake ice had been reported by DNR conservation officers as consistently 4 inches thick, the minimum thickness for walking.

The DNR offers these guidelines for going out on new, clear ice:

- 2 inches or less: Stay off.

- 4 inches: Ice fishing or other activities on foot.

- 5 inches: Snowmobile or ATV.

- 8 to 12 inches: Car or small pickup.

- 12 to 15 inches: Medium truck.

As always, the agencies said, there is no such thing as 100 percent safe lake ice, as ice rarely freeze uniformly and the insulating effect of snow slows down the freezing process.

For more information, contact the Hubbard County Sheriff's Office at 218-732-3331. More information can be found online at www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/ice/index.html.

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