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Nov 26, 2013 at 5:25 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) The temperatures are getting colder, but the Department of Natural Resources says that doesn't mean it's safe to venture out onto Minnesota's frozen lakes just yet.

DNR boat and water safety specialist Kara Owens says in many cases, only a thin coating of ice has formed on ponds and sloughs. She says an inch or two of ice "is not safe."

Owens says children should not go out on the ice without adult supervision, even when conditions improve.

She says no ice, "is ever 100 percent safe."

The DNR recommends four inches of ice for walking, five inches for a snowmobile or ATV, eight to twelve inches for a car and 12 to 15 inches for a medium-sized truck.

Earlier this month, a Sartell man had to be rescued from about ten feet of ice cold water after falling through while fishing on Little Rock Lake in Benton County. 

Six people died after falling through thin ice in Minnesota last winter.

Owens says the ice in Minnesota is still unsafe

Owens has some tips for people who venture out onto the ice when conditions improve

Owens says water temperatures are extremely cold

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