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Two men fall through ice on Lake Oscar

Two fishermen escaped serious injuries after their ATV fell through the ice on Lake Oscar west of Alexandria Friday night.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office received a call about a Yamaha Grizzly 700 4-wheel ATV falling through the ice at about 7:30 p.m.

Steven Miller, 53, of Osakis and Ethan Miller, 26, of Lakeville had driven the ATV out onto the lake to fish, according to the sheriff's office. As they returned from fishing, their ATV fell through the ice and sunk to the bottom.

Both men were able to pull themselves from the water onto the ice and they were able to get back to a friend's nearby fish house where they waited for responding officers to arrive.

Because of foggy conditions, they were unable to tell responders exactly where they were on the lake.

Deputies arrived near the scene and the two men were able to walk and run to the emergency lights.

They were both taken to a waiting North Ambulance. They were checked and warmed up by ambulance personnel and released at the scene with no injuries.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office wants to remind people that ice conditions are unsafe for ATVs and vehicles. Ice conditions need to be a constant minimum of 5 to 7 inches for ATVs and 8 to 12 inches

for small vehicles.

The sheriff's office was assisted during the incident by the Minnesota State Patrol and North Ambulance.

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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