MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Police said a couple of ATV riders that went through the ice serve as a reminder that lake ice is still thin in many areas.

The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office said they were called just before 5:30 p.m. Monday on a report that an ATV went through the ice on Upper Whitefish Lake in Ideal Township, Minn.

Two men were rescued about 150 yards from the shoreline and were treated by an ambulance on the scene. They didn’t need to go to the hospital and were able to drive away in their vehicle.

Crow Wing County Todd Dahl said he wants to remind the public that if you are traveling on ice at night you should take extra precaution.

He suggests if you do need to go out, to tell someone when you expect to be home, wear appropriate winter gear and carry a cell phone on you at all times.

Because this winter has been warmer than usual, ice conditions can vary. It is important to check ahead to see if the lake you plan on ice fishing, ATVing or snowmobiling on is safe.

Comments (17)
  1. city people have no common sense says:

    2 more cityits city people should not be allowed to do man stuff

    1. Grynch says:

      one more redneck that was never fully educated on how to read or write properly.

    2. Doc says:

      I think people whose mother is also their sister should not be allowed to do fun city stuff.

    3. Why you lookin' at dat $heep??! says:

      didy pople had noo kommin sens? doy doy doy doy doy doy? I Iuv ned beatty in deliverance

  2. HDMC says:

    atv for sale:
    the good- adult owned, recently detailed, comes with a full tank!
    the bad- “flooded” and wont start

    call evenings only 555-durp-durp

    1. em0886 says:

      lmao…good one!

  3. c'mon now says:

    Seriously, it has been near 50 degrees and above freezing for how long? You almost deserve to fall through given this info.

    1. jackactionhero says:

      Maybe you’re not sure how ice works on a lake? You think a couple days of being over freezing is the end of the ice, eh? Really?

      1. desert eagle .50 says:

        How DOES ice “work” on a lake? Please be specific.

  4. The Angry Walrus says:

    Hopefully they had to pay some sizable fines also. These rescue efforts aren’t cheap.

  5. Mad says:

    Not to mention the poor rescuers taking their lives in their hands for IDIOTS!
    It’s one thing to rescue someone that had an accident but this is self induced moron behavior!
    FINE FINE FINE! Plus restitution to the rescue team!

  6. 70 year old lady says:

    Why do we continue to rescue stupid?

  7. "Cityit" says:

    I was just fishing on Pelican Lake near Breezy Point this past weekend, and there was about 11 inches of ice, kids ice skating, people all over on four wheelers, and it was all around safe. I’d say these two just had some bad luck, so let’s give them a break. Oh, forgot to mention I am a “cityit” who spends on average 30 weekends a year up north doing “manly” things while helping support the economic well being of many Crow Wind County cities.

    1. Revert says:

      The river my cabin is on had 14 inches, other lakes are open still. You just never know.

  8. Sonjay says:

    I have property fed by springs, so I pretty much feel that I can’t trust any body of water until I talk to someone who has lived near to know. I am hoping that people being saved doesn’t become a luxury.

  9. Knows whats going on up North says:

    There is a lot of safe ice up here! Accident’s happen and yes he will have to pay. By the way, they aren’t “citidiots.” They are locals who have driven these lakes for many years.

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