One dead after ATV falls through ice on Kabekona Lake

A side-by-side passenger was pronounced dead after a side-by-side broke through the ice and submerged in 18 feet of water on Kabekona Lake.

Forum News Service

One person died and another was hospitalized after a side-by-side ATV fell through the ice Saturday in Lakeport Township.

According to a press release from the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office, the incident was reported at 6:18 p.m. on Dec. 26. The caller said his mother, father and sister had gone underwater when the side-by-side submerged. Though he pulled all three victims out of the water and began CPR on his mother, the caller said she was unresponsive.

Investigation showed that Kenneth Peterson, 61, of Brooklyn Park was operating his 2021 Polaris Ranger on Kabekona Lake with his wife, Rose Peterson, 60, and daughter, Karissa Peterson, 29, as passengers. They had been fishing and were returning to their cabin when the ATV broke through the ice in about 18 feet of water.

The machine, equipped with tracks, quickly submerged with the occupants inside the enclosed cab. Two other family members were following on snowmobiles and witnessed the incident.

Ryan Peterson, 36, of Coon Rapids saw all three victims come to the water’s surface and quickly pulled them out onto the ice. He began performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on his mother, but she was unresponsive.


Ryan Peterson and his son transported all three victims by snowmobile to their cabin, where they were met by Lakeport First Responders and North Memorial Ambulance personnel.

They continued CPR on Rose Peterson, who was transported to Sanford Bemidji Medical Center and airlifted to a Fargo hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Karissa Peterson was also transported to Sanford Bemidji, where she received medical treatment.

The incident remains under investigation by the sheriff’s office.

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