Sheriff warns about the dangers of early ice

The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office is warning eager ice anglers about the dangers of early ice.

According to a release, at least eleven people were rescued from Upper Red Lake last week after they were stranded on ice after it separated from shore.

Early cold weather caused the lake to ice over earlier than usual, and social media accounts indicated that the ice was safe, when it wasn’t, according to the release.

Ice is never 100 percent safe, and it is absolutely unsafe this early in the winter fishing season.


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, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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