Trucks, snowmobiles still falling through thin ice, officials warn

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Yes it's February. Yes it's been colder in recent weeks.

No, that doesn't mean ice is always safe.

A handful of local agencies are reminding Minnesotans ice is still dangerously thin in many areas of the state.

Earlier this week, this happened on Lake Superior, in the Ashland area, the St. Louis County Rescue Squad said. Everybody was OK.

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The Lino Lakes Police Department posted a warning to Facebook Thursday, saying a snowmobile went through the ice on Rice Lake. It's the third time that's happened this winter, near either where the creek enters and exits.

"Thin ice signs were put out after the first incident, but since people seem to think the signs are for the other snowmobilers and not them; here are some ice safety tips from the MN DNR," the department wrote, linking off to the DNR's ice safety page.

They even posted a map in a previous warning about snowmobiles on thin ice there.

And the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office put out a warning saying the new snow can be great for outdoor recreation – but can also "hide dangerous ice on lakes and rivers."

It's still thin in "many parts" of the county, the post says.

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In Michigan, a father and his young son died after breaking through ice and being submerged in 8-12 feet of water for about 15 minutes, the Detroit Free Press reports.

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The Jordan Independent wrote about different rescue methods the Scott County Sheriff's Office uses – including the “Gumby” suit, and throwable float called a Res-Q disc.

Last year, five people died after breaking through the ice on Minnesota lakes.

The DNR suggests ice be at least 4 inches thick for ice fishing, and thicker for vehicles or other activities, but says no ice is 100 percent safe.

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