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Minnesota DNR: Be careful on the ice

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ALEXANDRIA, Minn. (KTTC) -- The Minnesota DNR is again sending out reminders on why it is important to be careful on the ice this early in the season.

DNR officials snapped a picture of an SUV and ice house that went through the ice on Lake Ida in Douglas County on Wednesday. Fortunately, both men inside the vehicle escaped without injuries. But the DNR says it's a cautionary tale that ice is never 100 percent safe.

"We are urging everyone to think twice before going out on the ice right now," said Kara Owens, DNR boating and water safety specialist. "We know Minnesotans are eager to get out and enjoy the snow, but everyone needs to keep in mind the ice on your lake may not be safe."

The DNR recommends anyone heading out on the ice should: carry a set of ice picks, check with a local bait shop or resort – ask about ice conditions – and measure the ice.

The DNR clear ice thickness recommendations 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.

When the temperature rises above freezing for six of the last 24 hours, double the recommended minimum thickness. And remember, if it stays above freezing for 24 hours or more, stay off the ice – it is not safe.

For more ice safety information, click HERE.

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