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Beltrami County issues warning of poor ice conditions

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Beltrami County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Management and Boat and Water Division is fielding calls today regarding the state of lake accesses in the area.

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Due to the melt, they are degrading at a higher rate than we usually would expect in February. The Sheriff's Office urges people before they drive onto the lake to get out and walk the access and onto the ice to see if it is safe. If there is water standing, there could also be a subsequent hole under it to swallow vehicles. Insurance does not usually cover driving into the water.

The access to Lake Bemidji off of Cameron Park has been closed, effective Wednesday, Feb. 16 by Order of the Sheriff due to the unsafe conditions found by boat and water officers. One car became partially submerged today and had to be towed out. Do not attempt access from anywhere in Cameron Park.

The access to Nymore Beach is also weak, so extreme caution is urged. However, that access remains open. Snowmobilers should be particularly concerned about any areas where rivers or creeks flow into lakes.

Water has been reported nearly covering Main Avenue in Turtle River between the 200 and 400 blocks near the Town Hall in downtown Turtle River.

Emergency Management has added another insurance agency to the list of those that sell flood insurance in the Bemidji area and a correction to a phone number. Great Lakes Insurance at 444-4923 sells the insurance and the previously listed phone number for American Family; Bob Sandbo Agency should be 751-9798.

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