Officials urge caution on the ice of Lake Minnetonka 

Last winter, an SUV fell through the ice and was partially submerged near Wayzata Beach on Lake Minnetonka. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office urges people to be safe and not to go out on thin ice. (Submitted photo by Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office)

Even though winter was in fully effect after the mid-December storms, that doesn’t mean it’s time to get out on the ice just yet.

“I know many people are excited to enjoy our frozen lakes and rivers for fishing or ice skating, but going out on the ice right now would be a life-threatening risk,” said Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek. “This time of year it is also especially important to watch young children and pets when near water and thin ice.”

Jon Collins of the Hennepin County Water Patrol said that there haven’t been any calls about people or animals falling through the ice on Lake Minnetonka yet this season, but said people should be especially careful on lakes of that size.

The Department of Natural Resources recommends that people stay off the ice on foot until the ice is at least 4 inches thick, stay off with snowmobiles until the ice is at least 5 inches, keep cars off the ice until the ice is measured at close to a foot thick and keep trucks off the ice until the ice is around 15 inches thick.

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