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Ice still too thin, DNR says

Department of Natural Resources officials want Minnesotans to understand that it still is too early to walk on the ice.

“The bottom line is it's crucial that people do not let their guard down,” the DNR’s Kara Owens said, “because ice is never 100 percent safe. A few days of cold temperatures don’t create ice strong enough to hold a person.”

The reminder came Monday, three days after a DNR conservation officer helped rescue a man who was fishing and fell through the ice on Little Rock Lake in Benton County.

Six people died last winter after falling through ice.

The DNR’s recommendations for ice thickness are:

-- 4 inches for walking.

-- 5 inches for a snowmobile or ATV.

-- 8-12 inches for a car.

-- 12-15 inches for a medium-sized truck.

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