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DNR: Ice Still too Thin to Play On

Thin IceST. PAUL  (AP) – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is warning the ice on the state’s lakes and rivers is still too thin to play on, so parents should keep a sharp eye on their children during the Thanksgiving holiday.

The department reports that as of Monday, it had received no reports of ice anywhere in the state that was consistently 4 inches deep, the recommended thickness for walking.

There’s already been at least one thin-ice accident in Minnesota. On Sunday, an 8-year-old boy fell through the ice on a small pond in Oak Grove. He was rescued after 15 minutes and taken to a hospital.

DNR water safety specialist Tim Smalley says children are always attracted to ice, but they often don’t know when it’s thick enough to support their weight.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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