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Forum News Service, Published December 19 2013

Ice too thin for vehicles

Reports of vehicles breaking through ice in Beltrami and Douglas counties last week prompted the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to warn that ice remains too thin.

“Ice is never 100 percent safe,” the DNR's Greg Salo said. "Winter recreationists need to think twice before driving out on the ice because the ice in many places is still not strong enough to support vehicles.

Last winter, six people died from breaking through ice with snowmobiles or vehicles, the DNR reported.

The DNR recommends the following depth of ice before venturing on it:

  • Four inches for walking.

  • Five inches for a snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle.

  • Eight to 12 inches for a car.

  • Twelve to 15 inches for a medium-sized truck.