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Officials warn of unsafe ice on Upper Red Lake

The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office is warning the public to stay off Upper Red Lake because of extremely poor ice conditions. (JR's Corner Access Facebook via the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office)

BEMIDJI -- The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office is warning people to stay off of Upper Red Lake because of unsafe ice conditions.

The sheriff’s office said recent warm weather and high winds have led to “extremely poor ice conditions” that continue to deteriorate on Upper Red Lake. Ice has broken up in several areas, causing large areas of open water.

“Anyone attempting to go onto the ice does so at their own risk,” a release from the sheriff’s office said.

Two people died this past weekend after going through the ice on Upper Red Lake. Melissa Seidenstricker, 30, and Zeth Knyphausen, 29, both experienced anglers, had been fishing on Upper Red Lake on Saturday, but fell through the ice about a mile from shore. After hours of searching, rescuers recovered Seidenstricker’s and Knyphausen’s bodies from the lake Monday.

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