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Hennepin sheriff issues thin ice warning amid warmer temps

This comes after two siblings fell through ice in Maple Grove.

Don't give into temptation this weekend — at least where the ice is concerned.

That's the message from Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson, who issued a thin ice warning on Saturday. He noted that although temps will be "right around freezing" this weekend, unseasonably warm weather this past week has left the ice unsafe to walk on. 

"I know we all have cabin fever in part because of COVID-19 restrictions, but the ice is unsafe," Hutchinson said in the statement.

According to his press release, there have been two local ice rescues in as many weeks. The most recent happened Friday, when two siblings fell through the ice on a pond in Maple Grove. 

One of the siblings was able to get out of the water on their own, but firefighters had to rescue the other one, the release says.

When temperatures finally drop low enough for serious ice, be sure to follow the Minnesota DNR's safety guidelines if you venture out onto the water. 

For new ice, they recommend a thickness of 4 inches for ice fishing or activities on foot, 5 inches for a snowmobile or ATV, 8-12 inches for a car or small pickup, and 12-15 inches for a medium truck.

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