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Vehicle falls through ice on Lake Osakis

Barricades are set up to keep people away from the spot where a sports utility vehicle fell through the ice on Lake Osakis near the south public access on Dec. 26. (Beth Leipholtz | Osakis Review)

A sports utility vehicle broke through the ice on Lake Osakis on Dec. 26 at about 9:30 p.m.

The 30-year-old driver, Nathan Heinz of Sauk Centre, was driving a 2008 Ford Edge back from the lake when it fell through 10 to 15 yards from shore in about 4 feet of water near the south public access.

"The guy was coming off of the lake, wasn't paying attention and drove on the wrong side of an ice heave," said Osakis Police Chief Chad Gulbranson. "It was too late to turn away and his car went in."

The water came up to the window of the vehicle, Gulbranson said.

Heinz, who was alone, was not injured, and the vehicle was towed out.

The Osakis Police Department assisted the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at the scene.

The ice near the public access won't be safe until colder weather settles in and people are urged to use caution if they go out on the lake.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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