Milaca man treated for hypothermia after falling through thin ice

A Milaca man was treated for hypothermia after falling into the water in Becker County’s Rice Lake.

According to a release, the Becker County Sheriff’s Office responded to the south side of Rice Lake near Rock-Rice Road, and found that the 36-year-old man was pulled from the water by passing snowmobilers.

The man, Jason Morris, told deputies he was southbound on his snowmobile when he approached the open water between Rock and Rice Lakes.

His snowmobile skidded and broke through the thin ice.

The passing snowmobilers were able to pull Morris out using a tow strap.

Morris was transported to Essentia St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment of hypothermia.

The Callaway and Detroit Lakes Fire Departments and Becker County Dive and Rescue also responded to the scene.


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 events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa is also an active member with the Bemidji Jaycees, a leadership development through community service organization for adults 18 to 40. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her growing family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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