Safety experts are urging Minnesota boaters, paddlers and swimmers to think twice before heading out on the water right now.
Officials expect nearly 500,000 people to head out onto Minnesota’s lakes and streams for this weekend’s opening of fishing season. The cold winter means some lakes in far northern Minnesota and northeastern Minnesota still have some ice on them. But the ice has been receding fast this past week.
That incoming warmth may be enough to get some of you and your kids into the water this weekend. You may think you know the ABCs of water safety. But with this year’s unusually frigid water temps, the rules are a bit different.
It’s been a dangerous winter on Minnesota lakes. On Lake Minnetonka alone, 14 vehicles and one snowmobile have gone through the ice – and three people have died.