Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Water Patrol
An opening weekend drowning scare at an innovative new pool in North Minneapolis has the city’s parks department rethinking its safety procedures.
Officials with the Freshwater Society announced Sunday that Lake Minnetonka, the metro area’s largest lake, is ice free.
The body of a young woman was recovered from the Mississippi River Wednesday night in Minneapolis. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s office says the body was found by the county’s water patrol near the 10th Avenue Bridge at about 7 p.m.
Having moved to Minnesota from Florida, my scariest aquatic experience involved a water temperature below 80 degrees, until Tuesday. I put on a protective “mustang” suit, ready for a mock water rescue in icy Lake Minnetonka with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Water Patrol. Not yet at ice’s edge, I was already panic stricken. I can’t imagine this as my job.
Go slow or get an expensive citation — that’s the message from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Water Patrol. This is the first time Lake Minnetonka has ever had a minimum wake restriction on the entire lake. Deputies are on the water to educate and enforce the restriction.