Publish date:

Hey Minnesota, stop driving on lakes, the ice is dangerous

Another ATV went through the ice on a Minnesota lake.

For the second time this week there's been a report of an off-road vehicle going through thin ice on a Minnesota lake. 

On Tuesday, an 82-year-old man died when the UTV he and another man were driving died when it went through the ice on Prairie Lake in northern Minnesota. 

A day later, someone on an ATV went through the ice on Lake Bemidji but was lucky enough to get away uninjured. But it's another close-call reminder that ice conditions are very unpredictable right now. 

The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office says parts of Lake Bemidji still have 30 inches of ice, but "ice conditions are very unsafe" and "becoming very inconsistent." 


Father dies, son injured as UTV goes through the ice 

– Sign up for our daily newsletters

The St. Louis County Rescue Squad was involved in the incident on Prairie Lake, and later urged people to stay of the ice because it is "NO LONGER SAFE." 

"We've heard reports of (and seen) 30 inches of ice in some areas, but in other parts of the same lake, it's black and rotten. Time to call it a year, folks...please stay off the ice."

Warm weather this weekend should speed up melting. High temps across Minnesota could reach the 70s and with 80s possible next week. 

Next Up

Rent, mortgage, house, key, door

Victims of property manager's sexual harassment to get $736,000

It's part of a consent decree announced by the Department f Justice Monday.

The Liffey Pub Facebook

St. Paul's Irish pub The Liffey reveals it won't reopen

The beloved pub has been closed since the start of the pandemic.

Proctor football

Proctor football investigation: Case goes to county attorney

The office will review the evidence and consider possible criminal charges.

kirsten mitchell screegrab

'I’m heading home!': CA reporter announces return to WCCO

Kirsten Mitchell interned at WCCO years ago. Now, she's coming back as a reporter.


As part of price gouging settlement, farm to donate 1M eggs to food nonprofits

The egg producer will donate more than 1 million eggs to nonprofits fighting hunger.

plane, Piper PA-32

Sheriff: Witnesses saw plane 'performing aerial maneuvers' before fatal crash

The single-engine aircraft went down in northern Wisconsin, killing a brother and sister.

Screen Shot 2021-10-25 at 8.51.02 AM

Community rallies around Minnetonka HS dancer battling brain tumor

A fundraiser raised more than $44,000 of its $60,000 goal in the first two days.

twin city gardens

In rare move, MDH takes control of Minneapolis nursing home

The temporary receivership is to ensure resident safety.

Sen Mark Koran crop

Lawmaker deletes post encouraging donations to family charged in Capitol riot

Sen. Mark Koran, in his Facebook post, described them as "a good family!"


Cross-country skier falls through thin ice on Roseville lake

It happened on Lake McCarrons in the Twin Cities suburb.

Authorities urge caution on ice ahead of Hockey Day Minnesota

The ice thickness of Lake Bemidji isn't exactly ideal this season.

DNR to Minnesota ice anglers: Stop leaving trash behind

Word to the anglers: please pick up your trash.

There's no sign of ice-out on Minnesota lakes

This time last year, most lakes in southern Minnesota had declared ice-outs.

4 thin ice incidents in 3 hours reported near Willmar

Four lakes, four separate cases of vehicles and ice houses falling through.

Father dead, son injured after going through the ice on MN lake

It happened on Prairie Lake, about an hour west of Duluth.

Bambi falls through thin ice, White Bear Lake comes to the rescue

The doe went through the ice on Priebe Lake Sunday morning.