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Vehicle pulling fish house goes through the ice on west-central Minnesota lake

Another reminder that ice this time of year varies over short distances.

Two people are safe after going through the ice on a lake southeast of Willmar in Kandiyohi County.  

According to the sheriff's office, a vehicle pulling a fish house went through the ice on Lake Lillian – 20 miles southeast of Willmar or about 90 miles west of Minneapolis – just before 7 o'clock on Friday night. 

Both the driver and passenger in the vehicle were able to get out of the vehicle on their own, and the vehicle wasn't quite fully submerged in water. 

Bring Me The News has learned that the vehicle in question is a Jeep, and it was pulling a large fish house. 

There have been a number of incidents on Minnesota lakes already this cold season with people needing rescue after falling through thin ice. The DNR has sent out multiple reminders about ice thickness guidelines, which are as follows: 

  • Under 4 inches - stay off
  • 4 inches - Ice fishing or other activities on foot
  • 5-7 inches - Snowmobile or ATV
  • 8-12 inches - Car or small pickup
  • 12-15 inches - Medium truck

The DNR encourages people to check ice thickness every 150 feet, noting that ice is never 100 percent safe. 

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