Two men were rescued on Upper Red Lake Thursday after the UTV they were driving broke through the ice.
Following a series of rescues for stranded people on ice chunks that broke off from shore, authorities have lifted a restriction placed on vehicles driving onto a popular ice fishing lake in northern Minnesota.
Several ice rescues throughout Minnesota this winter have tasked responders with saving people on thin ice – despite officials giving numerous warnings about dangerous conditions.
After several days of rain and warmer weather, ice conditions on Upper Red Lake have seriously deteriorated. On Saturday, the Beltrami County Sheriff decided to step in.
The Beltrami County Sheriff has added water access restrictions to Upper Red Lake after five ice rescues have occurred on the lake over the span of two weeks. All vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles and all motorized vehicles are banned from the ice until at least next weekend.
The incident marks the fifth time in two weeks week authorities have been dispatched to rescue people on Upper Red Lake, despite the Minnesota DNR and Beltrami County Sheriff's Office repeatedly warning of thin ice conditions.
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Beltrami County officials are urging people to think twice before going on the ice of Upper Red Lake, as conditions have deteriorated further during the warm stretch.
Beltrami County officials made their third ice rescue on Upper Red Lake this week after three men fell through the ice on Thursday.
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