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Authorities warn Minnesotans to stay off lake ice

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Jan 14, 2012 at 2:45 pm

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Law enforcement agencies across Minnesota are warning people to stay off lake ice.

Fish houses, all-terrain vehicles and people have been falling in the water as unseasonably warm weather makes ice conditions unsafe.

On Saturday, there were reports of at least three people falling through ice in the Twin Cities, including on Riley Lake in Eden Prairie and Lake Minnetonka

The Star Tribune reports it's not just in the southern half of the state. Northern Minnesota also has seen abnormally warm weather.

Just before Christmas, the Lake of the Woods County sheriff issued a warning to avoid the west side of Lake of the Woods because of large cracks in the ice.

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