Boaters asked to keep cold water in mind before venturing out

Even in this era of social distancing, and with the expansion of outdoor recreational activities allowed by Gov. Tim Walz, boaters across Minnesota are preparing to hit the open water, where they can find it.

Cold water can be hazardous and falls into that water can quickly turn tragic.

A fall into the lake at this time of year, no matter when the ice went out, will likely trigger cold water shock.

Boaters should always wear their life jackets.

This year, boaters are encouraged to practice safe social distancing, such as boating only with people in your immediate household and boating close to home.

Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University. You can follow along with Larissa's live tweets of meetings and events on Twitter!

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