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Brad Campbell and Nate Sitz hauled their ice fishing gear out onto Lake Emma early Friday morning. On the sled is their portable tent and chairs. They planned to spend the day ice fishing. (Photo by Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

DNR reminds parents of thin ice dangers on area lakes, ponds

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) warns parents to caution their children to stay off ponds and other water bodies that now have a thin coating of ice.


"Every season, people fall through ice they thought was safe," said Tim Smalley, DNR boat and water safety specialist. "It's especially tragic when these incidents involve children. A quarter of the people who die by falling through the ice are 9 years old or younger."

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