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Here is a link to the Minnesota DNR's Website concerning Ice Safety

http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/ice/index.html



Here is a article from the Minnesota DNR concerning Ice Safety!

Ice safety tips offered to winter sports enthusiasts

By Tim Smalley
DNR boat & water safety specialist

Each year, as the ice begins to skim Minnesotaís lakes and ponds, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources receives hundreds of phone calls from anxious anglers who all have the same basic question: "Is the ice safe yet?" Thatís when I whip out my trusty stock answer: "No, ice is NEVER safe."

Realizing that statement is usually misunderstood as bureaucratic (and relatively evasive), I explain that even if ice is a foot thick in one area on a lake, it can be one inch thick just a few yards away. A local sports reporter recently told a friend of mine that, "If it were up to the DNR people would never go on the ice." Although that is really the only way people could be totally safe, itís probably unrealistic for anyone to expect cabin fever-stricken Minnesotans to give up one of the few winter outdoor activities they participate in the doesnít involve tire chains and snow shovels!

Here are a few general guidelines for use by winter recreation enthusiasts to lessen their chances for an icy dip or worse. Itís impossible to judge the strength of ice by its appearance, thickness, daily temperature, or snow cover alone. Ice strength is actually dependent on all four factors, plus water depth under the ice, the size of the water and water chemistry, currents, and distribution of the load on the ice.

Try not to panic. Of course thatís easier said than done, but if you decide on a plan before you actually fall in, survival chances are greatly improved






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