Father dies, son injured after going through the ice on northern Minnesota lake

The 82-year-old man from Wright, Minnesota died at the scene.
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An elderly man is dead after the four-wheel drive UTV he and his son were riding went through the ice in northern Minnesota on Monday. 

The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office says Wallace Schulke, 82, of Wright, Minnesota and his son, Mark Schulke, 61, of Duluth, were riding on Prairie Lake about an hour west of Duluth when they went through the ice.

The elder Schulke was pronounced dead after being pulled from the water, while his son was taken to a Duluth hospital with minor injuries.

The incident unfolded around 2 p.m. Monday, when KBJR 6 reports they were returning from ice fishing on their side-by-side vehicle. The younger Schulke able to climb back on top of the ice, the TV station notes.


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The St. Louis County Rescue Squad said it was a "tragic story" and a reminder to Minnesotans to stay off the ice amid warming temperatures.

"The ice 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." 

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