Thin ice not safe; officials warn parents to keep an eye on kids

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Despite the cold snap, ice on Minnesota waterways remains too thin to be safe.

Safety officials issued a special warning for parents to keep an eye on their children over the Thanksgiving holiday, especially if they are spending time with family and friends who live near lakes, ponds or streams. The Associated Press reports that Minnesota Department of Natural Resources water safety specialist Kara Owens says kids often go outside to play while their parents cook or visit with friends. She said that current levels of an inch or two of ice is not safe.

Last winter, six people in Minnesota died after falling through ice.

Earlier this month, WCCO reported that an ice fisherman was hospitalized after falling through thin ice on Little Rock Lake in Benton County. Rescuers pulled 30-year-old Joshua Johnson of Sartell from the water.

The Star Tribune reported that investigating deputies found that Johnson had been on the lake ice fishing before he fell through. Ice near the shoreline was about 1½ to 2 inches thick.By the time rescuers were able to reach Johnson he was submerged.

Authorities warned after the incident that although ice has formed on some Minnesota lakes, there has not been enough prolonged cold weather to make it safe.

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