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Ice is not yet safe!

Dozens of ducks and geese sought refuge on Lake Winona in Alexandria last week during a break in their migration flight. While the ice is strong enough to hold them, it isn’t strong enough for people at this point. (Lowell Anderson/Echo Press)

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said the thin layers of ice that are forming on Minnesota waters right now are not safe.

This reminder comes after a DNR conservation officer helped rescue a man November 15 who was fishing and fell through the ice on Little Rock Lake in Benton County.

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

According to Owens, six people died last winter after falling through the ice.

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