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First ice incident reported in Osakis

Source: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

The Osakis Police Department handled its first "through the ice" incident on Nov. 14.

A side-by-side fell through the ice on Lake Osakis while it was trying to plow an ice rink.

The department posted a warning on its Facebook page: "The ice isn't safe yet, not is it ever truly safe, and the lake opened up again with today's (Nov. 15) warm temps and will open more tomorrow if it rains. Stay off the ice!"

When is ice safe? There really is no sure answer, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

You can't judge the strength of ice just by its appearance, age, thickness, temperature, or whether or not the ice is covered with snow. Strength is based on all these factors — plus the depth of water under the ice, size of the water body, water chemistry and currents, the distribution of the load on the ice, and local climatic conditions.

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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