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Authorities use hovercrafts, helicopters to rescue 20 from Mille Lacs ice island

Published 12/22/2011

On Wednesday evening, an ice sheet about a quarter-mile from shore broke off and began drifting toward the center of the lake, the second largest in Minnesota. It eventually put 150 yards of open water between about 20 ice anglers and shore. Local authorities mounted a four-hour rescue effort with hovercrafts, private boats and a State Patrol helicopter that finished about 10 p.m.

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